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University Program Planning Committee update

May 4, 2021

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The University Program Planning Committee (UPPC) met on April 21 as a follow up to its March 24 meeting to consider available university resources and opportunities related to current and proposed programs. At the meeting, the UPPC reviewed recommendations from the school deans and curriculum committees regarding new, closing, and revised programs for the 2021-22 academic year

Based on the data-informed discussions and UPPC recommendations, I am approving the following program launches, changes, and closures.  

The following new programs are approved to begin in fall 2022:  

  • Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Analytics (online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing (online) 
  • Minor in Natural Resources Management (College)
  • M.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems (depending on continuing talks with our OPM)

The following program will be redeveloped for a fall 2022 launch: 

  • B.S. in Information Technology (online)

The following degrees and programs will begin the closing process, overseen by the appropriate school dean:

  • B.A. in Political Science (College)
  • M.S. in Accounting (blended in Minneapolis) 
  • M.A. in Special Education (blended in Minneapolis)

The following department mergers and name changes are approved:

  • Programs and faculty in psychology, human services, criminal justice, and political science will be moved to the School of Health and Human Services into a department of psychology and social sciences.
  • The history program and faculty will be moved into a department with English and world languages, named “Literature, Language, and Culture,” which will be in the School of Arts and Humanities. 

As a reminder, the UPPC, constituted in 2019, is comprised of academic and administrative leaders from across the university. The committee meets for regular consideration of programmatic decisions to maintain vibrant, relevant, and marketable programs in alignment with the goals in our strategic plan. This planning is especially important now, in the midst of the ongoing global pandemic and its impact on the economy. We continue to focus on student outcomes and market needs. Learn more about the UPPC, its role, and its membership.

Please direct any questions you have to the appropriate school dean.