March 20, 2013
Lees-McRae announces changes to academic program offerings

Based on reduced student interest, Lees-McRae has decided to no longer accept enrollment in five of its academic programs, effective immediately. Concurrently, based on increased student interest and industry demand, the College is considering several other programs.

"It is not uncommon for colleges to make changes in its program offerings based on student interest and demand,"said Dr. Kacy Crabtree, vice president of academic affairs. "These changes will not impact students currently enrolled in any of these programs. Classes will still be offered and students will be able to obtain their degree as planned. We will simply no longer recruit or accept students in these programs at this time. Please discuss any questions or concerns you have with your division chair, academic advisor or me."

The College will no longer accept enrollment in the following programs:

  • Appalachian Studies (minor)
  • Health and Physical Education (major)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (major)
  • Outdoor Adventure Studies (minor)
  • Sociology (minor)

In anticipation of incoming and prospective students, information about these programs has been eliminated from the website. Students currently enrolled in these programs should consult the College Catalog for any information pertaining to these programs.

Based on student interest and demand, Lees-McRae is in the process of implementing a pre-licensure nursing program and additional allied health offerings. Please contact Dr. Karen Reesman (, director of nursing, if you are a freshman or sophomore at the College and have an interest in obtaining a nursing degree from Lees-McRae College. Several new allied health programs, including Emergency Care Services/Management and Healthcare Administration, are also being explored and updates should be available in a few months.

Lees-McRae continues to have robust outdoors program that supports students' interest in backpacking, camping, rock-climbing and other outdoor related adventure. The Office of Outdoor Programs offers several outdoor adventure courses available to students who desire to use these courses to complete their wellness requirement in the core curriculum. Since Lees-McRae College is located in such a desirable environment that supports outdoor programming and education, we will be conducting a feasibility study to determine student interest in Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Management. Any student interested in outdoor programs should contact Dee Thomas, director of outdoor programs, at or 828.898.8810.

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