When Capitalism Calls the Shots, We All Lose

In a news story about the move by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System toward deleting 46 degree programs, Steven Long, one of the members of the Board, is quoted as saying, “We’re capitalists, and we have to look at what the demand is, and we have to respond to the demand.” Higher education, in North Carolina, at least, seems to be moving out of the public sector completely.

The Daily Tarheel story lists the majors to be eliminated:

Appalachian State University: Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education; Technology Education; Mathematics, Education

Elizabeth City State University: Special Education, General Curriculum; Middle Grades Education; English, Secondary Education; Political Science

East Carolina University: French K-12; German K-12; Hispanic Studies Education; German; French; Public History; Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities; Vocational Education

Fayetteville State University: Art Education; Music Education; Biotechnology

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University: Comprehensive Science Education; Physical Education

North Carolina Central University: Theatre; Jazz

North Carolina State University: Africana Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies; Business and Marketing Education; Physiology

UNC-Charlotte: Child and Family Development; Special Education, Adapted Curriculum; English Education; Mathematics Education

UNC-Chapel Hill: Human Biology

UNC-Greensboro: Mathematics, Secondary Education (BA); Mathematics, Secondary Education (BS); Economics, Secondary Education; Biology, Secondary Education (BA); Biology, Secondary Education (BS); Composition; Latin Education; Biochemistry

UNC School of the Arts: Film Music Composition

UNC-Wilmington: Physical Education and Health; Music Performance

Western Carolina University: Health Information Administration

Winston-Salem State University: Biotechnology; Elementary Education; Teaching English as a Second Language and Linguistics

 

2 thoughts on “When Capitalism Calls the Shots, We All Lose

  1. I could not help but notice that a large number of the programs are in education. No doubt, some–even many–of those programs may have had marginal numbers of majors, but I wonder whether the very sustained attacks on public education in the state have been a factor in the enrollment numbers.

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