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Media Memo: University Senate recommends eliminating music therapy

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: Feb. 28, 2008

SUBJECT: University Senate recommends eliminating music therapy

UW-Eau Claire's University Senate voted Feb. 26 to eliminate the music therapy program.

The recommendation will now go to Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich for his consideration.

If music therapy is eliminated, students currently enrolled in the program will be allowed to continue in the music therapy program to earn their degree.

Since 2004, the music therapy program has had just one faculty member who teaches all of its courses.

In fall 2007, Provost Steve Tallant recommended to the University Senate's Academic Policies Committee that the music therapy program be eliminated because of insufficient resources and concerns that the entire program was dependent on one faculty member. A decision was delayed at that time to give the music and theatre arts department an opportunity to review the issue and make a recommendation regarding reallocating department resources to better support the program.

In late 2007, the music and theatre arts department recommended that vacant positions in the department not be allocated to the music therapy program.

As a result, the APC voted earlier this year to recommend to the full University Senate that the program be eliminated.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and interim dean of graduate studies, at 715-836-5262 or phillipa@uwec.edu.

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