Dozens of UNCG programs eyed for possible cuts

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- UNC-Greensboro is looking at 42 academic programs to possibly cut, and school officials blame it on diminishing state dollars.

Economics, applied math, entrepreneurship and small business programs are just a few of the programs on the proposed chopping block. More than 450 students take those classes now.

If a student is already enrolled in one of the programs that could be dropped, the student will still graduate with that degree. The programs wouldn't be offered to future students, however.

"They are trying to get bigger but get smaller at the same time," said Cody Forrest, UNCG sophomore.

Forrest said he's heard about all the cuts his school proposes to make, but he said the cuts don't make sense considering all the construction around campus.

The university has been looking at all its programs, plus the money available to pay for those programs, over the past 18 months.

Chancellor Linda Brady said UNCG has taken $80 million in cuts in the past four years.

Brady said dropping some programs is a matter of supply and demand.

"Frankly, we are a stronger institution if we ultimately offer fewer programs but are still able to reinforce the quality of those programs," Brady said. "We're very concerned about our ability to continue to offer high-quality programs. It's always difficult, because every discipline is valued."

Brady has until next week to make her recommendations, though the final decision will be made by the UNC Board of Governors.