Academic program eliminations behind several Lincoln University faculty members losing jobs

Students cross Chestnut Street near Scruggs Center on the Lincoln University campus in Jefferson City.
Posted: Dec. 14, 2016 4:51 pm

Lincoln University in Jefferson City says several faculty members will be out of jobs by the end of the school year.

University president Kevin Rome tells the Jefferson City News-Tribune ( ) that the layoffs are a part of program eliminations. It is unclear how many teachers are being laid off.

Lincoln University officials decided in July to decertify the school's history degree and cancel two music degrees as well as a two-year early education degree.

That decision was based on low graduation numbers over the last five years, prospective students' low demand for a program and low regional or national career demands for the program.

Some faculty members challenged the statistics behind those program eliminations.

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