Dropped class list ready soon for comment

A complete list of courses proposed to be dropped as a result of WSU’s academic affairs program prioritization (A2P2) is expected to be available for university review by mid-December.
Larry James, associate executive vice president, is negotiating with colleges this week about contested courses. He plans to complete the review and have the dropped courses posted to a website by Dec. 12 or soon after.
After feedback, the final list of dropped courses will go before the Faculty Senate for approval in January. An audit of degrees would come next in the A2P2 process, James said.
Many of the courses recommended to be dropped are under-enrolled, he said. That means the three-year enrollment has totaled 25 students or less for undergraduate courses and 15 or less for graduate courses.
Under-enrollment was one criterion, but not the only one, for determining which courses to drop.
Preliminary results show A2P2 is right on target for the goal of reducing academic courses by 20 percent.
“Units have done a great job of making some hard decisions,” James said.
He said colleges had recommended that 821 out of 5,314 courses at WSU — or 15.4 percent — should be dropped.
If all the “contested” drops — those courses the colleges would prefer to keep but the provost would prefer to drop — are added in, the number of dropped courses would total 1,269 — or 25.5 percent.
The A2P2 aim of dropping 20 percent of courses falls right in between the 15.4 and 25.5 percent figures, James said.
See the provost office website, ONLINE @ http://provost.wsu.edu/index.html, for more on A2P2.

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