[FUN_Mail] advice needed

Tasker, Jeffrey G tasker at tulane.edu
Wed Mar 27 14:24:08 EDT 2013

Dear Carol,

When we started our undergraduate neuroscience major by combining existing Psychology and Cell and Molecular Biology courses a little over 10 years ago, it grew very quickly to become the 2nd or 3rd largest major in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane (behind Psychology and tied with Cell and Molecular Biology).  This, and the fact that the admissions office uses it as a tool to recruit good students, present an enormous monetary and prestige incentive for the administration to keep the program going.  What's more, interest in neuroscience is growing  at the K-12 level, as evidenced (anecdotally) by increased interest in weekend and summer programs that we offer to high school students.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,
Jeff Tasker

Jeffrey Tasker
Director, Neuroscience Program
Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience
Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology
Tulane University

-----Original Message-----
From: fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org [mailto:fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org] On Behalf Of Carol DeVolder
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:07 PM
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Subject: [FUN_Mail] advice needed

This listserv comes at a wonderful time. I am currently the primary faculty member for a small Behavioral Neuroscience program. My dean would like to eliminate the program due to low enrollment. It is currently a subset of psychology, but I hope to make it interdisciplinary. I've considered sources such as the Macalister Report, other schools' curricula, and trends. What I'd like now is some logical arguments as to why we should NOT eliminate this program and instead work to strengthen it. I hope I'm not being too vague, I feel like I'm just shouting into the wind and would appreciate the advice.

Carol DeVolder, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
St. Ambrose University
518 West Locust Street
Davenport, Iowa  52803
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