Texas Board Requires the Phasing Out of 64 Degree Programs with Low Enrollments

The board's decisions came program by program over four hours in which a parade of higher-education leaders pleaded with the board to spare their programs. Board members say the cuts will allow the state to use its resources more efficiently, while critics counter that the board's actions will disproportionately hurt predominantly minority colleges and programs in math and science. Thirteen of the state's 25 undergraduate physics degree programs, for instance, were judged "underperforming." The board voted to phase out or consolidate six of them.

Texas Board Requires the Phasing Out of 64 Degree Programs with Low Enrollments