Peace College less peaceful after program cut

January 15, 2011 5:43:51 PM PST
A handful of students at Peace College in Raleigh are being forced to re-evaluate their futures after learning that their major is no longer being offered.The school is cutting its music performance major.

There are only six kids in the program, but they all say they attended the college specifically for it.

And the students say they found out on the internet and not from the school that the program was being canceled.

"I was shocked and quite honestly, just really hurt," Peace College student Heidi Wilson said. "I couldn't believe that this college would make a decision like this and just not even really notify us and take the students' concerns into consideration in any form."

"I'm actually physically sick over all of this," Peace College student Kelsey Baird said.

A spokesperson from the school tells ABC11 they made the decision to cut the major because of low enrollment, not budget reasons.

However, students say they were told something different.

"They said that they were cutting it because it's one of the smallest majors and they couldn't support it financially anymore," Peace College student Lurline Richardson said.

The teachers in the major are being let go at the end of the semester, despite considerable experience.

"Our professors have been here 30 plus years and we've been in meetings with them and watched them cry," Baird said. "For it to just be gone, it's really sad."

While the school is cutting the music performance major and firing those teachers, it's adding a music theater major and staffing it fully.

Students say none of it adds up.

"I'm not quite buying it," Richardson said.

The school says the students can graduate in their major by taking classes at other colleges, but none plan to do that. They say they feel forced out by Peace and likely when their graduation day comes, they say, they will be walking down a different aisle to a different tune.

ABC11 also asked the school for a statement and they sent a press release, but nowhere does it talk about the music performance major being cut.

ABC11 asked a second time for a comment on that, but haven't heard back.

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