by Micah Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief
Yesterday afternoon, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Paula Garrett sent out an e-mail to all business majors announcing that she will propose to the Board of Trustees the elimination of the business major at Warren Wilson College.
The college proposes to “teach out” the program to current students enrolled as business majors and after next semester, if the Board approves, the business major will no longer be available as an option for students.
“Although I am sure that this is not welcome news, you should know that it is a decision reached after considerable thought,” Garrett wrote in her e-mail.
The college has also guaranteed that all the necessary classes needed to complete a business major will be offered to students. “We will meet your commitment with our own to help you finish your major as swiftly and as soundly as possible,” Garrett wrote.
Faculty members, the Cabinet, President Steve Solnick and the Board of Trustees have all thoroughly discussed the recommendation.
“Although I know that many of you can recite numerous things of importance and great personal value about our current program,” Garrett wrote, “I want you to know that this recommendation comes after serious vetting.
Before the Board of Trustees meet and approve of this recommendation, students within the department have been organizing in order to halt this process, and hopefully change the minds of the administrators.
“We (all faculty and students of the department) must meet ASAP and put our heads together,” sophomore Ben Wall wrote in an e-mail to students and faculty in the department.
Today at 4 p.m. in the Schafer B common room students and faculty will gather to discuss how to contest this recommendation.