Thompson Rivers University’s Board of Governors has voted to discontinue four of its visual arts programs—the visual arts major, minor, diploma, and certificate—after several months of discussion. TRU Provost Gillian Balfour cited financial, student demand, and employment factors as the key reasons behind the program cuts. “It’s always a difficult process, but it has to happen,” she said. Balfour added that students enrolled in the programs will still have the chance to complete their credentials; some arts courses will continue to be available as electives. CBC reports these closures will allow for the Faculty of Arts to redirect its resources to other programs.