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Cutting back does not mean UMass is eliminating gerontology study

I was pleased to see the Globe recognize the importance of academic programs around the study of aging and our growing elderly population (“Hub gerontology program suspended,” Metro, Feb. 4, and “Gerontology: Aging is a hard sell,” Editorial, Feb. 11).

The Globe is correct to characterize University of Massachusetts Boston’s gerontology programming as a pioneer and a leader in the nation. With limited resources and heightened fiscal scrutiny, however, public universities must make critical evaluations of under-enrolled programs. At UMass Boston this has led to the inactivation of the undergraduate gerontology program.

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