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Iowa Wesleyan College Cuts Half Of Their Academic Majors

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Music education is one of the 16 programs being cut at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Shad manning is a lucky senior who will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts with music. For those staying on they'll get to graduate, but some of their teachers will be gone soon.

Jordan Miyoshi will be a sophomore next year.

"It's kind of a grim, shocked feeling," said Miyoshi. "Like we got bombed and we have nothing left."

The independent college serves 600 full and part-time students. 16 of their 32 major academic programs are going to be cut. That results in a loss of 45 staff and faculty members. 

Miyoshi transferred here from Indiana just to be a part of their music education program, which will soon be closing it's doors.

"To kind of be told this semester after transferring back that my program's no longer offered was kind of a shock to me,
 said Miyoshi. "It was hard to deal with right at first I was a little shocked and didn't exactly know how to react. I felt like I had another door shut in my face."

He said he came to IWC for the low student to teacher ratio, something you don't see in a lot of schools. And now with the cuts, that number's going up.

He said he doesn't want to leave someplace that has become so near and dear to him.      

As for future students, alumni say it's a huge loss.

Lee Wolf graduated from the music education program at IWC. He is now a music teacher at Louisa-Muscatine Community Schools. He said this was a shock to everyone.

"It kind of leaves us with a bit of a hole in this area," said Wolf. "Because we don't have that grounding in southeast Iowa of music education."

Wolf said some of his current high school senior students will have to look for another college to attend after the cuts.   

Other majors being eliminated include studio art, sociology, history, pre-law and many more. IWC will save $3 million annually with these cuts and reorganizing.


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