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Another Wisconsin university to close programs, lay off faculty

Another American university is planning on cutting academic programs and laying off faculty.  Now it’s a public institution in the upper midwest. (I’ve been calling such moves “queen sacrifices” for several years.  That’s a metaphor based on the chess strategy, … Continue reading

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Two closures, a merger, and a queen sacrifice: one week in American higher ed

On Sunday I wrote about another American university preparing a queen sacrifice.  Since then – i.e., in just two days – more stories of institutional decline and stress have crossed my transom. ITEM: the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point‘s provost … Continue reading

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Another queen sacrifice: Castleton University in Vermont

The queen sacrifice remains in practice among American campuses.  This week’s practitioner is Vermont’s Castleton University, a public liberal arts institution founded in 1787 that is now considering cuts and layoffs. VermontBiz reports that Castleton is facing “a projected operating loss of … Continue reading

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Cuts, clearings, and a closure: three small colleges offer a dark view of 2018

Let me turn now from the fates and possibilities of associations to what’s going on with some campuses.  2017 has seen a continuation of academic cuts from 2016, with queen sacrifices, campus closures, and other grim strategies deployed by troubled … Continue reading

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A bloodless queen sacrifice?

A queen sacrifice is when a college or university cuts faculty, especially full-time professors, usually as part of shrinking or ending certain academic programs.  That’s how I’ve been using this sad yet useful term over the past few years. The … Continue reading

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Multiple mergers ahead for the University of Wisconsin system

In the most spectacular recent example of the higher education crisis driving campus mergers, the University of Wisconsin system will fold a group of two-year colleges into nearby universities, according to a new plan.   Thirteen (13) campuses will merge with … Continue reading

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Stony Brook launches a queen sacrifice by cutting humanities and humanists

Stony Brook University, a leading American university and member of New York’s SUNY system, is cutting back on the humanities.  It’s another example of what I’ve been calling a queen sacrifice, as an administration reduces academic programs and professors. One component … Continue reading

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Two new stories about the ongoing American higher ed crisis

The financial crisis in American higher ed: I’ve been tracking this for more than a decade, and the thing keeps shambling on, without an end in sight.  I’ve been blogging, speaking, and writing about the causes and mechanisms, most of … Continue reading

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One college will close its entire undergraduate program

A Detroit campus has gone far beyond the queen sacrifice, announcing enormous cuts to its operations.  Marygrove College will end all undergraduate programs next year, leaving only its graduate school.  That means axing about one half of the institution, at least … Continue reading

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Another American college prepares for serious cuts

2017 grinds on, and another American campus announced plans for serious cuts.  It’s definitely a queen sacrifice instance. The school in question is Wheelock College in Boston.  It is: put[ting] its president’s house on the market, is trying to sell … Continue reading

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