After meeting with many local school district leaders, University of South Florida administrators announced Friday they will preserve some undergraduate education programs in the College of Education.

The fate of the College has been in question after a proposal that would eliminate undergraduate education and transition the college to a graduate school was announced last month to faculty as part of the university’s drastic cost-cutting measures over the next two years.

The proposal received harsh criticism from students, faculty, staff, local school district leaders, elected officials and the university’s own board of trustees.

President Steve Currall, Provost Ralph Wilcox and interim dean of the College of Education Judith Ponticell released a statement Friday reiterating their commitment to teacher preparation after the meeting with school district superintendents,

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