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Idaho university officials report program, staff cuts

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — All four of Idaho's four-year public universities and colleges have eliminated degree programs, dissolved academic departments or reduced staff over the past year as part of a statewide effort to cut costs and prioritize college programs. Boise State University restructured several of its academic departments, including its College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, which is being replaced by a new School of Public Service. Meanwhile, the University of Idaho discontinued 19 degree options. This included bachelor degrees in American Studies, Art Education and Medical Technology. Lewis Clark State College consolidated a student testing center and Idaho State University eliminated eight degree programs. Idaho's State Board of Education first directed college officials to begin evaluating programs in 2013 after seeing a decrease in revenue from tuition and state funds. AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi has a full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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