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Distributed Major Discontinuation Proposal FAQ's

  1. Why are the A&S Distributed Majors in Humanities and Fine Arts, Mathematics and Science, and the Social Sciences proposed for discontinuation?
    • The primary reasons driving this recommendation are:
      • the distributed majors do not meet the learning outcome assessment standards of the Higher Learning Commission
      • the degrees require complex advising and course scheduling that often delay student graduation
      • two of the three degrees have very low student enrollment
      • the distributed majors rely almost exclusively on courses from only one of UW’s colleges
      • the new Bachelor of General Studies was designed, in part, to replace these degrees and will better serve the student populations that have traditionally taken the distributed majors. The proposed General Studies degree will serve student needs and interests across a broader area of subjects, including within A&S, and solve the complex challenges in course sequencing and availability that the distributed majors present.
  2. Will students currently in these majors be allowed to finish their degrees if the proposal to discontinue is approved?
    • Yes.  All students currently enrolled in the distributed majors are encouraged to speak with their advisor in the A&S Professional Advising Center to create a plan for completing their degree.  Students will be able to remain in this major or move to another major, such as the Bachelor of General Studies, depending on their needs.

  3. Will there be any losses in personnel if the proposal is approved?
    • No.  Because these degrees are comprised of coursework required for other majors and the A&S Professional Advising Center conducts all advising for these majors, there will be no personnel consequences associated with discontinuance of these degrees.

  4. Can I provide feedback on this proposal?
    • Yes.  As required by University Regulation 2-13, the President shall make a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees within a maximum period of 120 days from the date of the release of this document. Academic Affairs will collect feedback until Friday, May 17, 2019 for the President’s review. Please submit your comments on the feedback form located here:
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