UW provost recommends reconfiguring with cuts


WYOMING – A reconfiguration of University of Wyoming academic programs, including elimination of some degree programs, has been submitted to the school’s board of directors.

Provost and executive vice president Kevin Carman delivered those recommendations on Wednesday, following extensive review and input from stakeholders, including over 700 comments in the school’s public online portal.

“This has been a difficult and unsettling process for the university and many of our stakeholders, but the feedback and discussions have been extremely valuable to arrive at the best plan for UW,” Carmen said in a release. “The proposed changes position UW for a strong future as it fulfills its land-grant mission of learning, discovery and engagement.”

The recommendations submitted call for the College of Engineering and Applied Science to become the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, along with several departments from the current College of Arts and Sciences, where the College of Agriculture would move. The College of Arts and Sciences would become the College of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

Changes from Carmen’s latest proposal compared to the previous proposal include the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics staying in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry remaining separate from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering consolidating into a single department in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; the Department of Geology and Geophysics not getting downsized; and College of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance remaining separate.

Other pitched changes do not differ significantly from those made in the previous recommendations for restructuring and cuts.

The provost’s recommendations continue to include the elimination of bachelor’s degrees in German, French and Spanish, as well as Spanish, German and French secondary education, master’s degrees in political science, international studies and architectural engineering and graduate degrees in entomology. Master’s degrees in sociology, philosophy and family and consumer sciences, the MBA degrees in finance and energy, plus the Ph.D. program in statistics are also slated for either elimination or suspension.

Comments on these recommendations are being accepted with an Oct. 27 comment deadline. These plans will be presented to the school’s board of trustees near Nov. 1. The board is scheduled to take action regarding the proposal at its Nov. 17-19 meeting.

A full list of the provost’s proposal, including the same recommendations as made in an earlier pitch, is available on the school’s website.