FGCU Discusses Degree Cuts, Narrowed Focus

On Tuesday, May 12, FGCU’s board of trustees ended their review of all 10 active degree programs that they last month suggested for possible elimination.

A standing-room crowd of students and faculty were relieved by their decision. Reporter Seth Soffian’s article on the meeting is here.

FGCU may be coming to a political fork in the road after nearly two decades of growth into a regional, increasingly comprehensive state university.

The school is part of a growing national divide over whether the role of higher education is to train a future work force, or, as most mission statements indicate, provide a universal education.

On Tuesday the school’s board of trustees will meet to further consider eliminating active degree programs and narrowing the university’s focus to, as one proponent suggests, “areas of excellence.”

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