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25 years ago: Popular degree program halted at KU

January 14, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 14, 1988:

Kansas University had halted admissions to its popular personnel administration program until further notice. The program had "taxed our ability to manage available faculty resources and maintain a coherent, quality program," said Robert Lineberry, liberal arts and sciences dean, in a release today. He assured the 600 students currently in the program that they would be able to continue their studies and complete their degrees "in a timely fashion." The decision to stop the program, which had included courses in economics, sociology, psychology, communications, mathematics, political science, and business, had been based in part on the retirement of many of the founding faculty members. They had "originally developed the program and made it happen," said Wil Linkugel, communication studies chair, "and there really aren't any faculty replacing them." The university had also received two unfavorable reviews of the program, one conducted by the college in fall 1986 and a later one conducted by the Kansas Board of Regents staff.


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