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UOG dropping some academic programs, creating others

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - The University of Guam will be dropping certain programs in the next two to three years, and possibly looking to create others. Eight programs will no longer be offered at UOG as part of its good to great process.

President Dr. Robert Underwood, assures students that this is a result of a two-year process meant to allow the university to focus on its core mission of serving the interests of the community, while also remaining sustainable. "What is our essential greatness is what we were trying to reach so in that process some programs are going to fall by the wayside. Some programs are going to be strengthened," he explained.

Some programs that will be eliminated include the master's in art, bachelors in Japanese studies, East Asian studies, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, and ID180. "We're substituting a broader student experience for that now and the AA in nursing, which has not been functioning for a long time. I think it's had one graduate in five years," he added.

UOG will also no longer offer bachelor's degrees in special education, elementary education with English as a second language, and elementary education with Chamorro language and culture. "Those programs are not going away, but they're being transformed," Underwood qualified. "There will be a greater focus on content areas, but there will also be a requirement for professional training."

Underwood says this allows UOG to eliminate programs that are not producing graduates and instead provide programs that are more in demand. "We still have programs to create that are more fitting with that purpose like the school of engineering," he said.

Although degree programs may be phasing out, subject courses will not. "We'll always have history courses, we'll always have philosophy courses, and hopefully, because I'm a history major, we'll always have a history major, but that that is really an issue dependent upon how we can go out and secure more students," he said.

Underwood adds that students already enrolled in these programs will still be able to complete them, but that they will no longer be offered to new students. Underwood added that UOG will also be investing more into high-performing programs such as chemistry, business, marine biology, and the Water and Environment Research Institute.
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