History will soon be a thing of the past at a historically black Missouri university, despite opposition from faculty and the school’s own impressive historical pedigree.
Originally founded as the Lincoln Institute in 1866 by black Civil War veterans of the 62nd and 65th U.S. Colored Infantry regiments, Lincoln University was among the first of what are now known as historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
Lincoln University’s Board of Curators voted 4-2 in a special session this week to “deactivate” its history program for both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science tracks, according to Inside Higher Ed. The disbandment will last three years, at which point the program will be reviewed to decide if it will be restructured or eliminated altogether.
Students will be unable to declare as history majors during the deactivation, but plans have been devised to accommodate existing students. History courses will continue to be offered as general education requirements even after the deactivation is complete, but will no longer be available as a standalone field of study.
A few days before its unscheduled meeting, the Board of Curators posted an agenda the mentioned “the elimination, deactivation, restructuring, and maintenance of degree programs” as a topic of discussion. The announcement caught history professors off-guard, because while the department had been made aware of the plans for its impending deactivation, faculty members expected to have until fall to prepare for the conversation.
Moreover, even though Lincoln recently completed a comprehensive review of its academic offerings as required for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission…
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