A master’s-level program for teaching American Sign Language (ASL) in Utah—reportedly the only one statewide—was eliminated last month, according to an article on the KSL TV website.

In an explanation posted on the Utah State University’s website, the school said a lapse in accreditation status prompted a review that concluded the program was not “operationally sound” and had “weaknesses” in its undergraduate ASL curriculum.

As KSL TV reports, the program was the only one of its kind in the state to train students on teaching a variety of subjects in ASL. A petition on Change.org signed by several thousand people aims to bring the program back, and Michelle Tanner, associate superintendent of the deaf at Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, is working with other universities that could potentially start up similar programs.

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Source: KSL TV