Wittenberg University announces elimination of 6 academic programs

WHIO-TV reports the program cuts are one part of a plan to trim $2.5-million.

Those savings approved by the board include:

Discontinuing the archaeology minor; geology major and minor; French minor; Japanese; Russian minor; Russian and Central Eurasian Studies. Students currently involved in majors or minors in these programs will be able to complete their studies. Earlier in the year, the board accepted recommendations from faculty to discontinue the French major as well as the dance major and minor.

Eliminating two tenured faculty positions, one each in geology and Japanese. The faculty members will continue at the university through the 2020-21 academic year.

Not filling other faculty positions left open by retirement and resignation.

Eliminating staff positions, including the Graduate and Professional Studies office and reducing staffing in other areas.

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