University of Alaska Fairbanks cutting economics degree

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is discontinuing its economics degree program,

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday the Board of Regents made the decision to cut the program during its most recent meeting.

    Two faculty members recently received their layoff notices, giving them one year left to teach.

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks Faculty Senate met at the end of April to discuss the potential discontinuation of several academic programs. Economics was on that list, as well as sociology, geography and dental hygiene, among others.

    While the faculty voted in favor of keeping economics, administrators chose otherwise.

    Enrollment to the program was suspended in March 2016, but the program will remain intact for several years, providing the 20 students with declared economics majors enough time to graduate.

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