by Jarrett Hoffman
FOUR MUSIC MAJORS TO BE CUT, DANA SCHOOL OF MUSIC TO UNDERGO “IMMEDIATE REORGANIZATION”:
As Youngstown State University shared in a statement on its Facebook page yesterday:
Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music is NOT closing, contrary to social media posts.
Four consistently low-enrolled majors, which have had approximately 12 graduates in the past five years, will be sunset this academic year. These majors include Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Master of Music in Composition and Master of Music in Jazz Studies. Students currently enrolled in these four majors will be able to graduate from their designated major. This step in Taking Charge of Our Future aligns with the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s review of duplicative and low-enrolled programs.
The Dana School of Music will undergo an immediate reorganization to enhance and rejuvenate the school to better serve students and improve the marketability of graduates. This reorganization allows the university to re-envision and differentiate the undergraduate and graduate programs in Music Education and Music Performance as well as continue to support Music Recording and community initiatives, including the YSU Youth Orchestra.
YSU continues to value the Dana School of Music and the impact it has on the university and the surrounding community.
According to an article by Denise Dick in The Business Journal, over the weekend a petition began to circulate online urging people to “Save the Dana School of Music” and to attend a peaceful protest outside YSU’s Tod Hall on Wednesday, January 10 at 4:00 pm.
The petition also links to the website save-Dana.com, where the enrollment figures cited by the University are disputed and the findings of the analytics firm hired by the University are questioned.