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Wright State Offering Fewer Courses After Downsizing Faculty

Lack of course offerings

Lack of course offerings | Photo by Wright State University Website | The Wright State Guardian


Wright State University (WSU) offers fewer courses in the spring 2022 semester compared to previous years, especially affecting the College of Liberal Arts (COLA). 

Course catalog comparison 

Many classes in degree programs are not being offered this semester compared to other years. There were 46 communications (COM) sections offered in spring 2018 according to archived course catalogs. There are only 30 COM sections being offered in spring 2022.

There are other programs that have dropped courses as well. Social work (SW) offered 63 sections in spring 2018 semester according to catalogs. This number dropped to 42 sections in the spring 2022 semester. The marketing (MKT) program offered 23 sections in spring 2018 versus 21 sections offered in spring 2022 semester. 

Retention

COLA experienced a loss of staff over the years which has led to fewer course offerings. COLA lost 50% of staff between 2015 and 2022 according to the COLA Reorganization Committee report for the fall 2021 semester. 

This report states that there were 206 employees in 2015, reduced to 103 in 2022. 

Student opinion

The lack of course offerings has affected students. Kinesiology and health (KNH) classes have also had fewer offerings according to Nick Jamieson, a transfer student in their last semester.

“I was looking forward to taking one of those WSU classes that are ‘fun’ like diving or fencing,” Jamieson said. “Unfortunately, due to COVID, they are not being offered.”

Jamieson also stated that his advisor is no longer available for the spring 2022 semester.