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Texas update: State holds firm to closing physics departments

from Inside Higher Ed

Almost half of undergraduate physics programs at public colleges and universities in Texas are in danger of being eliminated because they do not meet a new state requirement of graduating at least 25 students every five years. The national average for bachelor degree production is seven, and if the Texas criterion was applied nationally, 70 percent of all departments would be shuttered. A delegation of Texas physicists met with the Texas higher education commissioner the week of Sept. 19 and he was clear; the departments slated for closure likely cannot be saved. Attention should be turned to increasing enrollments at the remaining departments. more

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