LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming is developing new degree programs are developed, while others are phased out for low-enrollment and lack of instructors.
A recently approved outdoor recreation degree is the first to be approved under a process the UW Board of Trustees is developing for launching new degree programs. But several other planned degrees and certificates are making their way through that process and could be offered to students as soon as this fall.
Trustee Michelle Sullivan said many of these new programs seek to satisfy Wyoming’s current economic needs.
“A lot of the degrees and certificates that are being worked on and put forward are really working hard to create an interplay between theory and practice — and in ways that are very pragmatic to the needs in the workforce that we’re seeing around the region,” she said.
Sullivan chairs the board’s academic and student affairs committee, which oversees potential programs as they move through the process of development. The final stage is a presentation before the full Board of Trustees, which can approve or reject the proposed degree.