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Willamette Faculty Upset That Graduate School Of Education Will Close

OPB | Aug. 5, 2013 3:15 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 5, 2013 4:40 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Faculty members at Willamette University are upset about the school’s decision to close its graduate school of education next year.

They say the decision was made abruptly, and that they didn’t have enough time to appeal the shutdown.

But University President Steve Thorsett is standing by the decision.

He tells The Statesman Journal newspaper that there was growing competition from other lower-cost online and local programs.

Thorsett also says the slow rate of hiring for new teachers in the region helped make his decision.

According to the university, five tenured professors were given a year’s notice of termination

Jill Bryant, a tenured professor in the graduate school, says faculty should have had more input into the decision.

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