It is unfortunate that the University of Tennessee at Martin has decided to abandon its French program, despite the two-year effort by its own French professor, Robert Peckham, to save it. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s September 21, 2012 issue, the university refused Peckham’s bid to merge French and other language departments into one single foreign language program, a tactic that recently has been used successfully by some universities facing similar cuts. Cited for the reason behind the dismantling of the French program was the fact that it had failed to produce more than ten majors a year over the previous five years. Peckham vows to remain an advocate for foreign languages. Goodness knows that in this climate, he needs all the support he can get!
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