University of Tennessee saves foreign language programs from budget cuts
The two programs had been identified for elimination before the university decided to roll all foreign languages into one degree and instead offer concentrations in any of eight languages that are offered. The change is in response to a $56 million budget cut for the Knoxville campus.
College of Arts and Sciences associate dean Richard Hinde told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the more obscure languages will now be less vulnerable to tight budgets.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission requires a report on the number of graduates in each degree program. Russian and Italian are on the commission's lineup of low-producing programs.