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VCU considers dropping physical education program

Tuesday - 5/28/2013, 12:20pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Commonwealth University is considering dropping its general health and physical education program.

School of Education dean Christine S. Walther-Thomas says the program now has one full-time faculty member. Two professors retired and another resigned.

Walther-Thomas tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/152jwO7 ) that the school is trying to determine whether to put resources into the program amid state budget cuts. A decision is expected in July.

VCU spokeswoman Anne Buckley says 54 students were enrolled in the program as of the spring semester, including 16 in its teacher-education phase. Three students graduated this month.

If the program is dropped, Buckley says students already admitted in it will graduate. She says the School of Education will ensure that they receive the coursework, faculty support and field supervision needed to complete the program.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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