(February 9, 2010)

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Centenary College to Reposition Academic Program to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century

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SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) Centenary College President David Rowe announced Monday that he will recommend to the College's Board of Trustees the phasing out of several academic programs once students currently enrolled in those programs complete their studies.

The proposals were informed by the findings of a nine-member task force, chaired by Interim Provost Dan Keck and consisting of chairs of key faculty standing committees and members of the faculty elected by colleagues specifically to serve on this presidential advisory body.

Once the phasing is completed the restructuring will focus the College's undergraduate academic program on a field of 22 majors. Currently the small residential liberal arts college offers 44 majors. Among the majors affected by the announcement are German, Latin, Health and Exercise Science, Elementary and Secondary Education, Instrumental Music, Music Performance, and Accounting.

"All of our academic programs have been consistent with the College's mission and represent rigorous adherence to the highest traditions of the academy;" said Rowe, "so refining the overall program to concentrate on areas of current and future strength required tough choices among several distinctive programs."

An emerging new vision for Centenary College against the backdrop of the nation's faltering economy occasioned the College's Board to commission the review of programs last summer. Rowe engaged faculty in responding to the Board's commission by creating the advisory task force. "The charge to the task force was to create the academic program that will define church-related liberal arts education for the 21st Century," Rowe said. "Our challenge in this endeavor has been and will be to create such a program while optimizing the use of shrinking resources."

With these moves, Centenary is charting a bold new course into the 21st Century. A renewed focus on undergraduate arts and sciences programs will set the stage for Centenary's president to open up a conversation with faculty about complementing those programs with graduate professional programs, such as the Master's of Arts in Teaching, and to investigate the creation of more opportunities for students to engage global cultures through sustained and well-crafted international study experiences.

"Now, more than ever," according to Rowe, "the world needs globally-engaged professionals who can lead with the creativity of artists and the curiosity of scientists. Since 1825 Centenary has prepared such wise, caring and moral leaders."

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.

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