Letters to the Editor

Prime programs

January 15, 2011


To the editor:

Friday’s article about the possibility of eliminating some of the smaller degree programs at Kansas University did not mention an additional factor: Many of them attract top-notch students to KU. Physics for example has consistently had the highest average ACT score of any undergraduate major, and many of the others listed are very high. Just the sort of thing we need to eliminate!

Adrian Melott,



VTHawk 7 years, 2 months ago

I must agree. The programs to cut are those that don't lead to productive careers, not merely those with small enrollment. A pretty good gauge of the programs (if any) to cut is whether or not a lot of undecided juniors, seniors, and "super-seniors" are drawn to it due to low requirements (easy path to graduation).

voevoda 7 years, 2 months ago

Rather than cut any programs at all, why not address the real problem of "super-seniors," as you call them? Too many students spend too many extra semesters in college. Why? Most of the fault lies in their propensity to sign up for courses and drop them mid-semester. Their money and the state's money goes to waste. Then they need to stay extra time (at their expense and the state's expense) to retake those courses.
There are additional considerations besides the number of undergraduate majors: The number of master's and doctoral students in those programs, for example. The number of students who don't major in those subjects but enroll in the courses offered by those departments.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"The programs to cut are those that don't lead to productive careers"

How do you define "productive?"

pusscanthropus 7 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, most Kansans have been so dumbed-down, they don't understand the value of knowledge for knowledge's sake. I have heard that the majority of state legislators don't even have bachelor's degrees. That is very very scary!

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