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More programs to come

April 29th, 2010

There may be more program options for John Carroll University students next semester, in addition to the recently approved East Asian studies major. 

Last fall, $50,000 was allotted from the New Academic Programs Development Funds to further develop 11 different programs, which would then be reviewed and voted on by the faculty. 

The 11 programs included a leadership studies minor; an international business major; a human resource management major; and a peace, justice and human rights major or minor, among others. The new EAS major was among the proposed programs. 

Sophomore Hannah Dubyoski thinks the University will benefit from additional programs. She thinks that the University should expand the programs it offers,

especially in the medical field. 

“I have a friend who is transferring next semester because there is no nursing program here,” said Dubyoski. 

“People come here, but end up transferring because we don’t have a large variety of programs. It [adding new programs to the curriculum] could draw in a lot more students,” she said.

According to Lauren Bowen, associate academic vice president for academic programs and faculty diversity, there is no order to which the programs are approved. Faculty votes on each program as it is completed and there is no deadline for completion. 

“Some programs are on a longer track [to completion],” said Bowen. “Some had to start from scratch, but they are progressing as expected.”

According to Bowen, Leadership Studies was approved last fall. The International Business Minor is completed and is on the ballot for a faculty vote. A psychology program for autism, human resources management major, and a forensic behavioral science minor have all been completed, but they have yet to be put on the ballot. 

The faculty has a monthly meeting at which they ballot as needed, said Bowen. The completed programs may be voted on at the next meeting in May, which means they could be in place next fall. 

“We hoped to have a critical mass passed by the end of the year and we are very pleased with the progress. We don’t want to launch too many at once, though, because that could be counterproductive,” said Bowen. 

The other programs that have not been completed are still being researched and developed. 

“It’s been a nice process to observe. It has stimulated conversations about the curriculum,” said Bowen.