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In Reversal, USF Will Keep Some Undergrad Education Programs

November 23, 2020

The University of South Florida reversed course on plans to eliminate undergraduate education programs, the Tampa Bay Tribune reported.

The university had previously announced a proposal to eliminate the College of Education's undergraduate offerings and restructure the college as a graduate-level school. The proposal drew heavy criticism from faculty, students, staff, local school district leaders, elected officials and members of the university’s own Board of Trustees.

USF senior administrators issued a statement Friday in which they said that while no final decisions about the College of Education have been made, they plan to retain some undergraduate education programs.

“While changes are needed at USF after a 63 percent drop in the college’s undergraduate enrollment over the past decade, we intend to continue offering carefully selected undergraduate degrees in education, though likely fewer than the nine baccalaureate degrees, 15 majors, five minors and 18 concentrations currently available,” the statement says.

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Elizabeth Redden

Elizabeth Redden, Senior Reporter, covers general higher education topics, religion and higher education, and international higher education for Inside Higher Ed. She has more than a decade of experience as an education journalist. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.

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