HELENA – Carroll College wrapped up its two-day Board of Trustees meeting Friday afternoon.
The meeting is where Carroll President John Cech laid out his recommendations for cuts and reorganization.
The college will eliminate five academic majors.
The majors are:
- Classical Studies
- Ethics and Value Studies
- Engineering Science
- Environmental Outreach and Interpretation
- Environmental Policy and Project Management
Three other majors will be restructured. They are Public Relations, Environmental Science, and Secondary Education.
Ten minors will be discontinued, as well as four associate degrees or certificates. The minors include Anthropology, Arts Management and Administration, Classical Studies, Economics, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, Public Relations, Social Media, and TV Production. The associate degree and certificates being discontinued are Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Project Management, and Social Media, and the English Associate Degree of Arts.
According to the college, every student currently in one of the programs sunsetting will have the opportunity to complete their degree. A special advisor will be assigned to the student to assist them in graduating on time.
President John Cech also recommended expanding graduate and professional programs, including the creation of a School of Professional and Graduate Studies, and will explore expanding Pre-Medicine and Nursing, or into areas like social work or genetic counseling.
“As would be expected, with the consolidation and restructuring of academic and administrative programs, the most difficult part of this process was the hard decisions we had to make to trim faculty, staff and administrative positions,” said Cech. “As a community, Carroll is sensitive to the impact this has on the campus and the individuals involved, and we are working to help ease the transition for those employees affected.”
Carroll College was founded on Sept. 27, 1909 by John Patrick Carroll, second Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana.