Academic and Operations Realignment
Elizabethtown College is realigning its academic offerings and operations to ensure the College will continue to operate efficiently and provide an exceptional educational experience for our students. Please find more information below.
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A: The academic and operational realignment is occurring so the College remains relevant for the rapidly-evolving higher education marketplace. In order to plan for our long-term sustainability, these difficult decisions are imperative. We are planning for the future so E-town and our students continue to flourish.
A: The enrollment at the College has declined in recent years, as it has at many Colleges across the nation. During spring 2019, the College’s Board of Trustees, president, senior staff, and representative members of the faculty and staff, worked to identify opportunities for cost-savings.
A: Current enrollment, capacity for growth, market demand and the cost to administer each academic program were reviewed. Based on the results of the analysis, each program was assessed for future viability. Of paramount importance is the long-term assessment of the College’s efficacy in delivering exceptional educational experiences. While difficult, it is in the best interest of our College to better allocate resources for efficient operation.
A: The following majors and minors will be phased out during the next academic year, 2019-20: Philosophy and Theatre majors and Theatre, Peace and Conflict Studies and Film Studies minors.
A: 22 students are in the programs that are affected. 10 of these students have declared a theatre major or a philosophy major. The remaining 12 are declared minors in one of the programs. Five of the declared majors will graduate in 2020.
A: Yes, students with current declarations will be able to complete their programs even if they extend beyond next year. We will continue to offer appropriate course work even though some faculty positions will end after the 2019-2020 academic year.
A: Theatre productions will continue as planned for the 2019-20 academic year. After that, the College will continue to support the production of theatre on campus and will be engaging outside support for theatre productions in 2020-21 and beyond. We know that many of our students find great enjoyment working in and performing in theatre.
A: The College remains committed to the arts. Our students have great interest in music and art programs and we have increased these academic offerings over the past year with the launch of the graphic design major, the arts administration minor and, next summer, a master's degree in music education.
A: A total of seven faculty and instructional positions will be furloughed. Those faculty members affected have already been notified. They will continue to teach through the coming year—until June 30, 2020.
A: A total of seven staff positions have been eliminated by the realignment of operations. Those employees have been notified and in some cases, responsibilities were reassigned and in others, the positions were combined with other existing positions. In addition, a total of 14 currently-vacant positions will go unfilled.
A: Our mission, Educate for Service, remains the same. Our College community is strong and resilient. The changing terrain of higher education, E-town’s continued evolution and the decisions we are making today are all occurring with our eyes on the student experience.
A: Over the last two years we have added more high-demand majors and masters programs than any time in our College’s history. We are introducing a Physician Assistant program which will bring with it 30 seats in a Master’s degree program and the addition of a new health sciences wing in 2020. We are also introducing a Master’s degree in Music Education with a focus on peacemaking programs to fulfill the needs of adult learners. In undergraduate programs we’ve added majors in marketing, finance, criminal justice, data analytics along with new concentrations in engineering, and restructured majors in communications.
A: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will continue to offer resources and multi-cultural programming. The needs of our students have always been addressed by many members of our community. The team will continue to be available and will drive all the programming moving forward. Planning will continue over the summer and we will be sharing a new plan for programming when students return in the fall.
A: CGUP will continue with the exception of the Peace and Conflict Studies minor. The Ware lecture, study abroad, the Global Scholars program, and the Peace Fellow will all continue.
A: The philosophy minor will continue as will classes in philosophy.
A: The changing terrain of higher education has forced the College to look closely at the academic programs that are in high demand by our students and in the market. The decisions we make regarding academic programs are different from those we make on improvements to our Campus. The Bowers Center was started three years ago and is the first new free-standing building at the College in over a decade. Ensuring that Elizabethtown remains competitive means that investments in facilities are critical and it also means that our academic programs must evolve. The recruitment of new students is critical in a highly competitive marketplace and promoting a space for our community to be well, both physically and emotionally, is very important to us.