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The facts about Emory College plan

A public forum on the Quad Sept. 17 drew Emory community members who discussed changes in academic programs associated with the recently announced Emory College plan. Emory Photo/Video.

Since Emory College announced the implementation of a multi-year plan on Sept. 14, Emory College Dean Robin Forman and Laney Graduate School Dean Lisa Tedesco have had numerous meetings with faculty, staff and students, and with university governance groups, to discuss changes in academic programs.  

The deans have clarified information regarding the changes that have arisen during campus discussions:  

  • The undergraduate Economics and Spanish departments are not closing — majors will continue to be offered and faculty will have the opportunity to strengthen those fields of study.    
  • All undergraduates who have begun a major or minor in closing academic departments will be able to complete those majors; some students who have begun coursework but have not declared a major or minor will be able to do so.  
  • Students with an interest in visual arts and/or journalism will still have opportunities to explore these subjects in other departments or program structures.  
  • The Department of Russian and Eastern Asian Languages and Cultures is not closing. The number of permanent staff dedicated to Russian language instruction will be reduced as part of a reassessment of its role in Emory's academic offerings.  
  • Language instruction in Hindi and Persian is not being discontinued.  
  • No one's employment is ending immediately:  Approximately 20 staff positions will be eliminated over the next five years. These staff members have been given eight months to five year's notice, and Emory College will support staff in assisting with the transition, including efforts to find other positions at Emory.    
  • No tenured faculty positions are being eliminated — they will be offered comparable positions (i.e. tenured faculty) in other academic departments.  
  • All graduate students in affected graduate programs (Economics, Educational Studies, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Spanish) remain full members of the Laney Graduate School and all financial and academic commitments will be honored.  

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