Significant changes are on the horizon for Guilford, as the College nears completion of its program prioritization study. Extensive analysis of academic and administrative programs and structures began in September and findings were reviewed by faculty committees, the program prioritization task force, and the president’s cabinet. This week, President Carol Moore presented an initial series of recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
The president’s recommendations include the discontinuation of some majors, the development of some minors, and a recommitment to some disciplines as an integral part of the general liberal arts program. As a second stage, the recommendations also include focus on the development of new course offerings, continuing education classes, and graduate programs.
While much of this change will offer important new opportunities, the discontinuation of some majors will also include the loss of some of the College’s faculty members at the end of this academic year.
“There is nothing easy about parting ways with great people who have served our mission and students so well,” says Carol. “Everyone in our community feels that sense of loss. As we support our colleagues in transition, we must also rally together in pursuit of necessary changes that position us to thrive while navigating a whole new world of opportunities and complexities.”
Recommendations presented to the trustees are in two categories: overarching general recommendations and those specific to a department or program. For example, the College plans to launch a new CCE model with its own general education, create an office of career/internships/experiential learning, and develop new undergraduate and graduate programs that meet the educational goals of today’s students while continuing the traditions that make Guilford College unique.
With respect to specific programs, the College intends to now offer 23 majors:
- African and African American Studies
- English and Media Studies [Creative Writing Track]
- Experience Design
- International Studies
- Theatre Studies
- Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Business Administration
- Criminal Justice
- Education Studies
- Integrative Studies
- Sport Management
- Biology [Forensic Biology Track]
- Computing Technology and Information Systems
- Cyber and Network Security
- Environmental Studies
- Exercise and Sport Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Public Health
- Sustainable Food Systems
Students who are in majors scheduled to be phased out will still be able to complete those majors or choose an alternative. And even in the case of discontinued majors, many courses of study in those disciplines will be available as minors or as elective courses to support the general education program.
“There is understandable anxiety that goes with the major transition ahead of us,” says Carol. “But there is also excitement. This is a necessary, timely opportunity to pivot toward a more promising future. Guilford College is positioning itself to grow as we move through the 2020s.”