COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A nuclear engineering research team at the University of Missouri receives a modest reprieve after it was targeted by administrators for elimination.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Chancellor Brady Deaton has opened admissions to the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute. The graduate-level program stopped accepting new students last year as it prepares to move under new oversight in the College of Engineering.

Deaton told the campus Faculty Council and nuclear engineering professors that the “dysfunctional” program was “less than what we should offer to aspiring students.”

Critics of the move suggested the university wants to recruit more high-paying foreign students to its engineering school. But administrators counter that the program’s problems go back more than a decade.

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