Administrators said the decision was made to allow the university to focus resources on programs that “attract, retain and prepare students for the personal and professional futures that await them”.
Note the disciplines selected for sacrifice: “American studies, theater and dance, graphic communications, fine arts, math, and arts management.” The humanities dominate.
Note, too, the impact on different faculty populations:
While the union was disappointed to see the program cuts, there are no cuts to full-time faculty, and that’s in line with the union’s position…
The administration’s announcement doesn’t address part-time faculty and senior lecturers, who work on a semester-by-semester basis, but [faculty union leader] Ley expects there will be cuts to those staffing levels.
How widespread is the queen sacrifice in American academe this year? I cannot find good data. Yet cases like this demonstrate the availability of this strategy to campus leaders. As Pierce’s president observed,
Birge said in December that the university’s senior administration was in the process of evaluating all majors to help the university overcome challenges that small, private liberal arts colleges are facing, including limited financial resources and strong competition for students.