The cosmetology program at Utah State University Eastern will remain intact.
A proposal to eliminate the program to help the college fund new positions for other popular programs brought spirited discussion across the campus and the community. It has been a difficult process, but one that USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson said has been necessary in order to position the college for future growth and stability.
вЂњThese are always tough decisions when so many lives are impacted,вЂќ Peterson said. вЂњI have anguished over this. It is why I make every effort to seek input from members of our college and surrounding communities. It has been very helpful and I appreciate the frank discussions it has spawned.вЂќ
He said that while support to keep the program has been both strong and widespread, it still left the college at the end of the day trying to find a way to expand other high-demand programs such as welding and criminal justice. While funding for new faculty in criminal justice is not possible this year, the university has stepped up with a commitment to provide additional funding for a new welding position.
вЂњThe university understood our dilemma with cosmetology and other high-demand programs,вЂќ Peterson said. вЂњLogan will provide funding that allows us to keep cosmetology while moving forward with welding.вЂќ
Peterson thanked President Stan Albrecht and members of the Logan administration for understanding the importance of addressing regional workforce demand. He said these new developments will help to keep USU Eastern on a solid growth track while remaining committed to increasing bachelor degree offerings to provide higher-paying jobs, attract new industry and career opportunities for graduates closer to home.