October 5, 2009
At Texas Flagship, Budget Cut May Translate Into Shrinking Language Requirements
Proposed reduction in required courses at Austin's liberal-arts college triggers debate over best teaching practices
As colleges and universities grapple with budget cuts, at least one is coping with the situation by planning to reduce its language requirements.
At the University of Texas at Austin, the College of Liberal Arts wants to shrink the time students are required to spend in French, Spanish, German, and other language courses. Language departments' budgets have been slashed by $1.8-million for the 2010-11 academic year. To accommodate that cut, adminstrators have proposed that students