The University of Iowa has closed six graduate programs and as many as six more could be eliminated by next summer.
The universitys dean of graduate programs tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that the programs were cut either because they attracted few students or because they duplicated others.
The cuts were based on a task force report that looked at how to strengthen some programs and eliminate weaker ones to improve the overall quality of graduate education.
Keller says the changes arent expected to save money.
The programs cut in October were a doctorate in statistical genetics, masters and doctoral programs in preventive medicine and environmental health, a masters in Russian and two masters programs in dentistry specialties.