UW-Stevens Points scraps plans to drop 6 majors

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have dropped plans to drop six liberal arts majors to help cope with a project budget deficit.

University officials said Wednesday they will retain majors in French, German, history, geography, geoscience and two art concentrations.

The school announced last year it planned to eliminate 13 programs and lay off staff to help solve a projected $4.5 million budget deficit over two years. The proposal generated intense criticism. In November administrators scaled the number of majors set for elimination back to six, citing resignations and retirements but faculty and students still called for regents to fire them.

School officials said Wednesday that additional resignations and retirements have enabled them to save the remaining programs. University spokeswoman Nick Schultz says a total of 89 staffers have left the school over the last four years.