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PNCA Temporarily Suspends Under-enrolled MA in CTCR Program for 2016-17 School Year

Release date: 09/06/16

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) regrets that for the 2016-17 academic year, the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research (CTCR) program has been suspended. It was a difficult decision, but fiduciary responsibility to the College dictated that the financial risk of allowing the program to run with too few students was too great.

Only one student had been fully enrolled in the program and four more had made deposits. ​Four​ of these students are now enrolled in other graduate programs at PNCA.

“This was a difficult decision,” says President Don Tuski of the program suspension​. “We are guided in this and all decisions by our commitment to our students and to the long-term health of the institution. We look forward to the reinstatement of the CTCR program as a two-year program.”

Faculty leadership and the Dean are working to reinstate the CTCR program as early as the 2017-18 academic year.

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research was originally ​ launched in 2012. At the time, the founding co-chairs of the program were hired with a three-year contract.

In 2015, in response to feedback from students about the accelerated nature of the program, the Graduate Curriculum Committee (a standing committee of Faculty Senate), re-envisioned the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research as a two-year program and as a dual MA/MFA degree.

Once the Graduate Curriculum Committee approved a two-year CTCR program, a search committee was formed to hire a chair for the new program. The founding co-chairs did not reapply. A chair was hired but withdrew in spring of 2016. The co-chairs were then offered a one-year contract to continue the existing one-year plus one-summer CTCR program by the interim president in late spring of 201

The June 17 contract written for the co-chairs of the program required 13 qualified students enrolled with deposits by August 15, 2016 for the program to go forward. As of August 15, while 17 students had been admitted into the program, just five of those students committed to the program with deposits, and only one student actually enrolled.