Agenda Item No. VI. B. 6.

Washburn University Board of Regents





SUBJECT: ELIMINATION OF "LOCAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT" AND "ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT" TRACK EMPHASES FROM THE BACHELOR OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION





DESCRIPTION:



The Department of Political Science proposes the elimination of the curriculum listings for two "track emphases" in the Bachelor of Public Administration. These two emphases are "Local and Economic Development," and "Environment and Natural Resources Management."



These emphases have not attracted a sufficient number of majors to sustain viable class sizes. In addition, the areas of expertise and teaching interest as well as the teaching loads of the faculty make it impossible to offer many of the more esoteric courses with sufficient regularity to meet student expectations for timeliness and regularity in curricular offerings.



The department will continue to offer the Bachelor of Public Administration with an emphasis on Public and Non-Profit Management, as well as the Certificate of Public and Non-Profit Management, which is available to anyone enrolled in any university major.



The proposal was approved by the University Council on February 8, 2005.



RECOMMENDATION:



President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the proposal to eliminate the two track emphases in the Bachelor of Public Administration pending General Faculty approval on May 5, 2005.



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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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