by Ryan Burns
Humboldt State University's Nursing program will not be eliminated as had been recommended by the Academic Senate in the face of dramatic budget cuts. Instead, HSU President Rollin Richmond announced this morning that he will enact recommendations from Provost Robert Snyder to restructure Nursing -- in part by reducing admissions from 60 to 40 students per semester -- and suspend enrollment in both the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science departments. Also, the Theater, Film and Dance department will undergo review.
These moves, along with the earlier elimination of the Industrial Technology program, will generate approximately $600,000 of the $1.3 million in savings that had been the goal of program elimination, but Richmond said additional savings may be achieved by streamlining and restructuring Nursing and Theater, Film and Dance.
"It should come as no surprise that the decision about the Nursing program was the most vexing," Richmond said in a statement. "Nursing is one of the most expensive programs we have -- both per-student and overall -- but California also has a pressing need for new nurses."
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