SLU Suspends Admissions To Master's Programs

SLU Suspends Admissions To Master's Programs

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Today's students could be among the last to get a master's degree in mental health counseling from St. Lawrence University. The school is mulling ending both that program and one in school counseling.

“I just came into one of my classes in the summer and someone had mentioned they were like, 'Oh well, what's going on at the program? Am I going to be able to finish?' And I was like, 'What are you talking about,'” said Kristen Meek, an SLU graduate student who's studying mental health counseling.

Then she saw an email from the school. It told her to complete all courses by August 2019.

“It just is kind of mind-blowing how something of this significance could occur with as little input as has opportunities have been provided,” said Lawrence Casey, SLU graduate school alumni.

Another email to faculty and staff says admissions for graduate programs in general education studies and education leadership have also been suspended. In a typical year those enroll around 80 students. Alumni met recently to see what can be done.

“You take a look at any of the universities in the area, you look at the school districts from top to bottom, from administration down into the guidance offices, you have St. Lawrence grads all over the north country," said Christine Campbell, SLU graduate school alumni. 

St. Lawrence University has made very little public about its suspension of most graduate admissions. On Thursday, it did provide 7 News with an email from a top dean sent earlier to faculty and staff.

It says phasing out nearly all graduate programs is being considered. One exception is a program in educational leadership. The school also points to dwindling numbers in some programs, saying only one person graduated from one of the counseling programs this year. 

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