Brandeis Considers Big Cuts -- Including Hebrew

February 23, 2010

A panel charged with recommending ways for financially troubled Brandeis University to save money has proposed the elimination or shrinkage of numerous academic programs -- with associated reductions in faculty slots, although some courses in these subjects would continue to be taught. Among the proposed cuts likely to be controversial, given that Brandeis describes itself as a nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored university, are the major in Hebrew language and literature and the minor in Yiddish and East European Jewish culture. Other proposed changes include the elimination of the anthropology doctorate program, cuts in the number of university-supported doctoral students in chemistry and computer science, and cuts in the theater design program and the theater company. Several independent science departments would also be merged.

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