- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Students will not be allowed to declare majors in French or German for at least a year at the University of Northern Colorado while it improves curriculum and course offerings and looks into a partnership with other departments.

The decision will not affect 26 current French majors or 21 German majors, and students will still be able to minor in French or German until the majors are restored.

UNC associate professor of French Lorie Sauble-Otto said the yearlong suspension could affect other students, including a K-12 licensure program in French and German.

Academic program review is a routine process, UNC spokesman Nate Haas said

School officials were criticized last year after they announced a decision to pause admission into the Mexican-American studies major because there were only two students majoring in those studies. After a month of protests, the pause was lifted, the Greeley Tribune reported (http://tinyurl.com/hcxdgcn ).

The protests did not affect the decision to restore the Mexican-American studies program, UNC Provost Robbyn Wacker said.

Wacker said upper division French and German courses, unlike upper division Mexican-American studies courses, are taught in those languages. Mexican-American studies provided an opportunity to recruit a greater variety of students into those upper division courses, she said.

The school did not provide data showing any significant increase in enrollment in Mexican-American studies versus French and German upper division courses, but Wacker said the suspension of French and German majors was a good decision.

“I think the focus of this is moving forward with programs that are low-enrolled, and providing them with the resources needed (to be successful),” Wacker said.


Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com



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