An Update from the Chancellor

Posted on January 19, 2024

Dear Spartan students, faculty, and staff: 

On Tuesday, you received my announcement of recommendations in UNC Greensboro’s ongoing academic portfolio review. I included program-specific enrollment information in that email. 

Our goal was to report how many students are actively engaged in the academic programs that University deans recommended for discontinuation. 

I’ve since learned that some of those enrollment data were incorrect. The mistake reflects a human error that was limited to my communication. I’m very sorry for the consternation and confusion this has created, and I’m including the corrected numbers below. They were last updated Thursday (Jan. 18) morning. Where possible, we confirmed these numbers with the leadership in the units.

As you read them, please keep in mind:

  • The overall rubric that the deans used to inform their recommendations relied on accurate data, including enrollment reports. The inaccurate figures that you received on Tuesday were not part of their process. There are no changes to the deans’ recommendations.
  • We’re incorporating the corrected data in our public communications, including our communications with the news media. Everyone should now have accurate numbers.
  • Enrollment statistics fluctuate regularly as students join and leave individual programs. Figures that are current today may differ tomorrow. This is why, as the academic portfolio review continues, you may note adjustments to program-by-program headcounts.
  • As I’ve noted before, all current students in any affected programs will be able to complete their chosen studies at UNCG as long as they remain in good standing.

Again, my apologies. Thank you for your engagement in the review process, and don’t forget the upcoming opportunities to share your feedback. They’re listed in this fact sheet, which also details our next steps. You can find more information on the comprehensive Reinvention & Innovation website.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. 

The deans’ recommendations are to discontinue the following:

Updated January 22, 2024

Undergraduate Majors (124 currently enrolled students)

  • BA, Anthropology (62 students)
  • BA, Secondary Education in Geography (no students) (the other undergraduate Geography programs are not affected)
  • BA, Religious Studies (24 students)
  • BS and BA, Physics (30 students)
  • BS Physical Education, Teacher Education (K-12) (8 students)

(Please note that the minors in Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies, currently housed in Religious Studies, are not under consideration for discontinuation. If Physics remains on the list for discontinuation after the consultation period, the University will continue to offer the lower-division physics courses required for STEM majors.)  

Undergraduate Minors, Certificates, and Course Offerings (42 currently enrolled students in minors)

  • Chinese (36 students)
  • Russian (6 students)
  • Korean language courses 

Graduate Programs (61 currently enrolled students)

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing (5 students)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Practice Foundations (Nursing) (2 students)
  • MA, Applied Geography (9 students)
  • MFA, Drama Concentration in Directing (no students) (Concentrations in Musical Direction for Musical Theatre, Theatre for Youth, and Design will continue)
  • MFA, Interior Architecture (3 students)
  • MA, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (7 students)
  • MAT, Languages, Literatures and Cultures in Teaching (1 student)
  • MA, Mathematics (all concentrations) (5 students)
  • MEd, Special Education (7 students)
  • Dual Masters in Nursing Science and Business Administration (10 students) (The stand-alone MBA and stand-alone MSN are not affected)
  • PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders (12 students)
  • PhD, Computational Mathematics*

*Recommended by Provost Storrs, January 22, 2024.

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