St. Louis Public Radio News
9:07 am
Tue September 9, 2003

UM System Performing 'Program Viability Audit'

Kansas City – Each of the four campuses in the University
of Missouri system is evaluating its programs to determine if any should be merged or closed because they cost too much or attract too few students.

The president of the university system, Elson Floyd, told The Kansas City Star's editorial board yesterday that each of the
system's four campuses is conducting what he called a "program viability audit."

He said each campus has identified programs that may have to write improvement plans to become more cost-efficient, merge with another academic program, or be closed.

The programs were chosen based on criteria such as the low
number of degrees awarded or the high cost per student compared to similar programs at other research universities.