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Forum Communications, Published September 25 2012

UND seeks to eliminate two degree programs

GRAND FORKS - The elimination of two bachelor’s degrees at the University of North Dakota is being considered by the State Board of Higher Education Wednesday.

The bachelor’s degree of business education in the Education Department and the bachelor’s degree of education in the Industrial Technology Department are targeted for elimination due to low demand, say university officials in both departments.

Timothy O’Keefe, chairman of the information systems and business education department, said the market for business education teachers has been soft for some time.

North Dakota had roughly five institutions that offered business education degrees, and it just became a function of “too much supply for the demand,” he said.

“Enrollment was low, and it was an expensive program to offer given student enrollment,” he said. “It was a hard decision.”