Emporia State University says students, faculty and staff will get answers by the end of the week on what programs will be affected by realignment efforts under the university’s “workforce management” policy.

“This next phase of communication includes sharing how individual programs will reinvest resources and reimagine their academic offerings in the future,” ESU director of media relations Gwen Larson said.

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Mark W.

A physical sciences graduate in 1975 from ESU and an emeritus professor in a western state College of Medicine. I published over 335 scientific publications over 30 years of scientific research and paid it forward with three doctoral students, two Masters students, and placed 54 of 55 undergraduate students working in my lab into professional graduate schools, primarily medical schools but three dentists and veterinarians as well. The USA is short 125,000 engineers at the present time and that shortage is expected to last into the 2030’s! So, the response from the Kansas Board of Regents and the “administration” is to gut the physical sciences at ESU? Absolutely pathetic hatchet administration at ESU!!!


The ESU Bulletin is reporting that bachelor degree programs in English, History, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics, are all being cut along with a number of other courses and degree programs.  (The list of degree programs being cut is still developing.)

My question is:  How is ESU planning to prepare Teachers College students to become high school teachers in these subjects?  

The Teachers College website states:  "Secondary education students first select the teaching field(s) in which they would like to teach. They are then advised by a faculty member in that area. When far enough into their curriculum, they also join The Teachers College. They continue to be part of their major department as they complete the professional education. This approach sets ESU apart from many other institutions, where much of the curriculum happens in the college of education. At ESU, it is a joint endeavor."  

Historically, this approach has meant that teachers who graduate from ESU have in-depth, professional-level knowledge in the subject matter they're teaching. And as a result, the high schools and middle schools where they are employed can offer their students a broader range of courses in that subject area as well as courses that are more complex.  

It appears to me that ESU Teachers College graduates will have a greatly watered-down education, fewer job options, and much less subject matter expertise to bring to high school and middle school classrooms in Kansas. 

Mark W.

Agree 100%!


Other than the President, ESU administration hasn’t really changed. It’s going to be pretty hard for those same administrators that begged for money from the city and county to start begging again. Why pour new money down the same rat hole with the same rats.

Mark W.

Well, I checked the Kansas Board of Regents website last weekend for the 2022 Fall semester enrollment numbers for the six state universities, but could not find them. However, I did find the 2011-2021 enrollments numbers that showed KSU and Pittsburgh State both had over 15% decreases in enrollment over that 10-year period! ESU had a 6% decrease in enrollment over the same time period. Well, I am a 34-year retired professor and I do not believe that majors affected by the 12% cut in faculty with zero administration positions cut will NOT affect student’s progress towards their degrees. From what I can learn from over 1,200 miles away from ESU is that many positions cut were of tenured full professors who of course have larger salaries than assistant or associate professors! So, these affected majors will be taught by junior faculty with less experience and breadth of knowledge that comes with full professors? I ask the affected ESU students in these diminished/cut majors to seriously assess whether they can complete their degrees at ESU or transfer to a more vibrant program in their major so as to obtain the best education they can for their future. One last item, so ESU is going to expand and have a cybersecurity major? I hired my companies computer expert not because he had a degree in computer technology but because he was and still is a world class computer games player! If he can compete against the best computer games players in the world, he can and is handling my companies’ computer needs because he lives the stuff 24-7!

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