UNC Board of Governors moves to discontinue, consolidate 46 degree programs (list included)

Note: As has been reported below, the degree discontinuations do not necessarily mean the opportunities to study in these areas are going away. Many of the programs are being consolidated into similar majors or degree offerings.

The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors decided at its meeting last week to whittle down the types of degrees offered at various campuses.

UNCsystemThe culling came from a combination of campus requests and a regular system-wide review of programs with low enrollments that’s conducted every two years.

The discontinuations don’t necessity mean the opportunity to study in those areas are going away. Many of the degrees being cut were absorbed into other majors, with concentrations offered.

At East Carolina University, for example, individual undergraduate degree programs for French, German, German K-12, French K-12 and Hispanic Education will be consolidated into a single degree of Foreign Languages and Literature.

At the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, students can still study in the specialized education areas, their degrees are just being combined with similar degree offerings.  The bachelor’s degree program in child and family development is being absorbed into a nearly identical major, where participants also earn a license. (Previously, students had the option of not receiving a license, an option for students who wanted to work in daycare setting which don’t always require licenses.). Also, the master’s degree offering in special education, adapted, is being merged into a more general master’s program in special education.

Many of those being cut and combined into other degrees are educational training programs, with the review noting that out of the 221 degree programs with low enrollments, 46 of those were related to education.

That’s part of an ongoing issue that the UNC system and state education leaders are grappling with, given a 27 percent drop from 2010 to 2014 of those wanting to pursue teaching as a career. The situation, many fear, could lead to a teacher shortage in the state.

The 46 degrees being discontinued are below (information from UNC report on academic degree productivity):



Please note, that many of the programs are simply being merged into more general degree offerings, with the educational offerings remaining the same.

To read the entire report about the degree discontinuations, click here.

The board also appointed two new chancellors last week – state Medicaid director Dr. Robin Cummings became the new head of the University of North Carolina-Pembroke campus, while the University of North Carolina at Greensboro found out its new chancellor is Franklin Gilliam Jr., a public affairs dean from UCLA.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    May 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The fact that UNC CH only has one degree on the list is disturbing. There are surely a lot of the africana, gender studies and other whacko non-degrees there that can be culled out. Hopefully this is only the first step!

  2. Bibi Bowman

    May 26, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This is willfully ignorant, nothing more nor less than a deliberate dumbing down of the next generation. It would not surprise me to see the next step be a total elimination of all education. This is completely disgraceful, and if the BOA is not ashamed of itself, it is too stupid to know why. We once hoped our children could surpass our own education, and enjoy a life better than ours, but those days have hereby been annihilated.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    May 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

    It is not like these programs were going like gangbusters. Have you looked at the criteria for downsizing Bibi? These degrees were awarded to approximately 10 or fewer students each year. With all the resources required to support these small degrees of dubious value it is a good idea to right size or even consolidate within other degrees or to just move to one campus in the system. Looking at the list, there is a lot of duplication for small numbers between campuses, it would be much more efficient to educate 50 students on one campus instead of 10 students on five campuses.

  4. Joyce Pettiford Manning

    May 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    The degrees on the list are disturbing. They have cut mostly education degrees. Who will be teaching our children? Are we going to rely on people from other states? They won’t be coming here for the money we pay when they can get so much more there.

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