BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University Billings will cut 37 programs in an effort to align its coursework with student and workforce needs.

The university plans to cut programs from every college including majors, minors and certificates that each department has identified as experiencing declining demand.

University Provost Melinda Arnold says about 64 students from freshmen to those pursuing second bachelor’s degrees are enrolled in the programs.

Arnold says the programs will initially be put “on moratorium” and enrolled students will be allowed to finish before the programs become unavailable.

The university says it will begin adding new programs or expanding existing ones after individual departments identify their needs.

Arnold says the process that was pushed by the school’s accreditors is not expected to result in staff reductions.

 

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