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VCU Considers Dropping Physical Education Program

May 28, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University is considering dropping its general health and physical education program.

School of Education dean Christine S. Walther-Thomas says the program now has one full-time faculty member. Two professors retired and another resigned.

Walther-Thomas tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the school is trying to determine whether to put resources into the program amid state budget cuts.

VCU spokeswoman Anne Buckley says 54 students were enrolled in the program as of the spring semester, including 16 in its teacher-education phase. Three students graduated this month.

Walther-Thomas says a decision on the program's future is expected to be made in July.

Students in the program are lobbying for it to continue.

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