In a letter to the University of South Florida’s President Steven Currall, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor urged university administration to preserve the College of Education’s undergraduate program, which is being eliminated due to budget cuts.
“It has been my privilege to work with USF for over a decade,” Castor wrote in the letter addressed to Currall and the USF Board of Trustees. “Part of our shared mission in service is to improve the economic opportunities for students and families, our public schools and the entire Tampa Bay community. That is why I am very concerned by your recent announcement.”
The university’s College of Education serves as the largest single provider of teachers to the Tampa Bay area, and has received more than $34 million worth of federal grants throughout Castor’s time in Congress.
But, the university plans to eliminate its undergraduate program in order to reduce the college’s budget by $6.8 million — or 35% — over the next two years, according to WUSF. While the college would continue to offer a graduate program, this move will likely eliminate the 14 different undergraduate education degrees offered by the university, and may result in faculty job loss.
The cut also could lead