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Rumors have been circulating for months that Albany State University, a historically black institution in Georgia, was planning a major retrenchment of academic programs. On Monday, the university confirmed these reports by announcing that 15 academic programs would be “deactivated” so the university could shift funds to other programs. The university said programs were targeted for elimination based on low enrollment levels (falling below an average of 10 graduates a year). Among the undergraduate majors being eliminated: English, history, speech and theater, music, music education, and science education.