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College eyes low-performing programs

May 21, 2011

In tough economic times, college programs must be more than educational — they also have to be efficient. After all, what good is a class if no one takes it?

Howard College trustees will receive a report on three low-performing programs when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building's Tumbleweed Room.

Howard, along with every other Texas community college and university, must follow a Higher Education Coordinating Board requirement that college programs must have at least 25 graduates over a three-year span. If that mandate isn't met, the school must either fix the problem or drop the program altogether.

College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said three such programs exist at Howard — a computer programming course at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, Emergency Medical Service training classes and an industrial technology program.

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