MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a recommendation to phase out five academic programs based on low student demand.

Effective this fall, the following programs will no longer be offered at NMU: dietetics; clinical nurse specialist; nursing service administration; legal office assistant associate degree; and the computational mathematics major.

"It is not uncommon for us to replace low-enrollment programs with others that are more relevant in today's economy," said Fred Joyal, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "This has nothing to do with the budget situation. We evaluate our programs on an annual basis and propose changes accordingly. It's simply that the demand for these five programs has not been high enough to justify continuing them."

In other action at its May 3 meeting, the board approved the following measures: -Change the name of the political science department to political science and public administration;

-Change the name of the counseling center to counseling and consultation services;

-Grant Professor Emeritus status to the following: Maureen Andrews, Hugh Andrews, Daryl Davis, Leslie Foster, Zacharias Thundy and Gerald Waite, English; James Hendricks, education; David Kingston, chemistry; Jerome Roth, biology; Roberta Verley, health, physical education and recreation; and Eugene Whitehouse, history.

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