TSU to drop eight academic programs in restructuring move

Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 5:41pm
Staff reports

Tennessee State University President Portia Shields has announced plans for a major restructuring and reorganization of academic programs and colleges at the university, a move that will result in eight programs to be discontinued.

TSU said the academic programs are not productive or mission-essential to the university.

In addition, TSU will reorganize and/or consolidate marginally productive but mission-essential academic programs and realign/reorganize a number of academic programs and colleges/schools.

The restructuring followed several months of extensive deliberations, consultations and input from various stakeholders at the university, TSU said via its website. The moves are designed to right-size the institution, bring like programs together, strengthen programs that are mission central and that have the potential to grow, support TSU’s Carnegie Research designation, position the university to meet its strategic planning goals, and strengthen the university’s fiscal health.

The academic programs to be discontinued are B.A. foreign languages; B.S. physics; Ed.S. school psychology; M.A. English; M.S. mathematics; M.S. music education; B.A. Africana studies
; and Ed.S. administration and supervision.

The Tennessee Board of Regents must give final approval to the restructuring.

14 Comments on this post:

By: RTungsten on 4/14/11 at 4:16

Well, less of our teachers will be coming from TSU. I'm guessing that is a good thing.

By: Trumpetman on 4/15/11 at 6:24

There will be less black music teachers now since a good amount did come from TSU, unless they will be able to still get a degree in education and minor in music, or vs. versus and just take the music praxis test.

By: frodo on 4/15/11 at 8:09

Is "restructuing" the euphemism for major cutbacks? Like "reploying" troops means retreat and "right-sizing" means mass layoffs? I was interested in TSU at one time. Couldn't even get anyone there to respond to my inquiries. Is there a big "reset" button we can push and totally reinvent TSU. Maybe this is a small start.

By: Ex Civil on 4/15/11 at 8:42

The restructuring followed several months of extensive deliberations, consultations and input from various stakeholders at the university, TSU said via its website. The moves are designed to right-size the institution, bring like programs together, strengthen programs that are mission central and that have the potential to grow, support TSU’s Carnegie Research designation, position the university to meet its strategic planning goals, and strengthen the university’s fiscal health.

By: Ex Civil on 4/15/11 at 8:43

Sorry here is what it should have been
Looks to me like TSU is being moved back to separate but (un)equal, how would look if UT were to discontinue; B.A. foreign languages; B.S. physics; M.A. English; M.S. mathematics; M.S. music education? These subjects are part of the core of what is to be University rather than a university in name only. Housing the black male population in prisons (Oh, but we can privatize that) costs a lot more than funding, Planned Parenthood, Early Child Education, and Public Education (Oh, but we can privatize these too and improve the supply of raw material for the prison industry). UT and TSU are both land grant universities but never fund as equals; TSU gets the hind teat or no teat at all, separate and unequal looks to still be the rule in Tennessee.

By: richgoose on 4/15/11 at 10:01

I understand English was dropped several years ago?

By: richgoose on 4/15/11 at 10:01

I understand English was dropped several years ago?

By: richgoose on 4/15/11 at 10:01

I understand English was dropped several years ago?

By: RTungsten on 4/15/11 at 11:30

@richgoose: If you have ever walked around the campus, you'd know English majors were few and far between. I think they also dropped the belt making concentration back in 1990 and replaced it with a saggy pants option.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/15/11 at 3:50

WOW! You people should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope you are never in a horrible car accident and a person from TSU have to drag your sorry @$$es out of a burning vehicle or save your life in some other form or fashion. I did not go to TSU, but I know many law abiding, tax paying, and Christian Nashvillians that graduated from there and doing very well.

As far as the sagging pants, it's a fashion trend. Remember the hippies from the 60's and how they dressed? Get over it and grow the F up.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/15/11 at 4:08

richgoose, it's people like you that really makes me sick to my stomach. I bet you smile in people's faces and as soon as they turn their backs you are the first to throw daggers. I bet you live a miserable existence. I can tell from your post that you you have some serious internal issues going on. You should read the book "The New Earth" for starters and get that ego in check first.

By: WickedTribe on 4/16/11 at 9:41

I'm actually surprised by this list of programs. Other than "Africana studies", they don't seem like the typical throw-away majors you'd expect a major university to cancel. But I guess it's based on lack of student demand so they're not really "profitable" majors.

At least their nursing program wasn't cancelled (and probably never will be, voluntarily). NewYorker1 may just get her wish about these posters having their life saved by a TSU grad.

By: consultmlcesq on 4/25/11 at 10:45

I'm inclined to agree with Ex Civil. Something sinister is amidst. Whatever is going on at TSU, it doesn't appear to be for the benefit of the students. Indeed, I believe that it has more to do with the fact that the right leaning powers that be in Tennessee have been trying to dismantle this HBCU and "reverse diversity" for as long as I can remember. Consequenlty, the system has created a toxic environment and now want to punish the students who have been victimized by it and use them as examples to prove that TSU has failed at its mission.

I recently heard a group of students agree that they were mislead by TSU, have not been nurtured by the environment, intend to go elsewhere hereinafter and would not recommend that any one look in that direction. Only today a TSU student asked me where she might go for fax services. Had she been a student on any campus other than TSU, I would have replied, "TSU student services" but then I realized that it is more liekly that no such services are available and resorted to advising her to check with the Kroger stores which have offered fax services in the past or in the alternative . . . pay a premium for such a service at Kinkos.

My prayers go out to the students at TSU. I pray that it is not the intent that they be the victims of this HBCU attack. I also pray that the TSU community will eventually come together as the historic HBCU that it is and that they exercise due diligence and great fervor in striving to survive and then thrive!

By: consultmlcesq on 4/25/11 at 10:47

correction "more likely"