It’s official-update 2

Posted: 14 September 2009 in Uncategorized
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As the news of the decision to eliminate the Department of Economics & Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame spreads, I am receiving reports of cutbacks in programs and centers at a wide range of universities. In some cases, the decision is couched in terms of financial exigency; in other cases, such as at ND, there is no mention of finances. In all cases, however, the result is the elimination of pioneering programs and a decline in the quality of higher education.

Just last night I heard about the elimination of the Cultural Studies program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture at SUNY-Binghamton.

The problem is, no one really knows what to do. Clearly, though, the university, as we have known it, is in crisis. Part of the problem is financial. Part of it is top-down university decision-making and the lack of faculty governance. The fact is, many spaces that do not conform to the most mainstream academic canons are being eliminated.

  1. Justin says:

    It’s sad to see an already narrow academe become even more circumscribed. I’m not naive enough to believe that we have ever seen a university that valued inquiry above all else, but surely what we are now encountering is a major diminishment of inquiry.

    What I find particularly strange about these events is that they are occurring while the opportunity cost for post-secondary education is quite low and therefore enrollments are steadily increasing.

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