A group of Long Island colleges and universities are considering academic program cuts, according to Newsday. These are more examples of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice in higher education.
Downling College, Long Island University, St. Joseph’s College, Adelphi University, Hofstra University, Molloy College, New York Institute of Technology all face financial challenges familiar to anyone observing higher education: the specter of declining enrollment, driven in part by regional demographic decline; growing student and family resistance to escalating tuition prices; the poor labor market for graduates.
Many of these schools have already made non-academic-program cuts, like laying off staff, increasing employee medical plan contributions, suspending budget item increases, offering early retirement packages. The economic pressures remain, so the next step is that curricular “Offerings must change”.
To begin with, they shift emphasis to some programs, or create new ones: Continue reading