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Nicholls cutting some programs

Nicholls cutting some programs

Nicholls State University officials have stated they are recommending cutting the university’s athletic training and communicative disorders programs, citing low enrollment and a dwindling regional market.

The move could result in several layoffs and more than 70 students being left out.

A budget review committee formed by Nicholls President Bruce Murphy and filled with his cabinet, faculty and other staff, asked the administration to review those two programs, as well as several others, before Provost Lynn Gillette and the department heads recommended cuts.

Athletic training, which had graduated fewer than 40 students over the last five years, wasn’t worth the $12,000 it would cost for re-accreditation, officials said. And new standards set to go in effect in 2022 require a master's degree in athletic training, which Nicholls doesn’t offer, to be certified.

Gillette said students can still pursue other degrees that serve as pre-athletic training to prepare them for grad school.
Communicative disorders will become a degree concentration in the Department of Allied Health Science but will not include clinicals that students say made the program so attractive in the first place.

Nicholls won’t incur a huge amount of savings from the two programs. Their combined cost of $412,000 is 0.7 percent of the university's $56 million budget.