March 18, 2004

Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU admits students to physical education program; review process to continue

LAWRENCE -- Responding to the needs of students, the University of Kansas School of Education has admitted what may be the final class of students into its health and physical education teacher preparation program.

Sixteen students will be allowed to enter the program this fall while the School of Education decides whether to recommend to the university the program's discontinuance. In the past decade, the program has suffered an 80 percent drop in enrollment and is graduating fewer than the 25-student minimum for graduates per year that Kansas Board of Regents policy requires for an academic degree program to remain viable.

The School of Education previously had announced it would not admit new students during the discontinuance review process this fall. The school reversed that decision after reviewing academic records of 16 applicants and determining they had met prerequisites and would be able to complete their degrees at KU in a timely manner.

"This was the best decision for this particular group of students," said Angela Lumpkin, dean of the KU School of Education. "They came to KU to earn this degree. This gives the students the opportunity to finish their degrees here while we go about the difficult task of determining the future of the program."

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