“cut unnecessary degree programs to help balance the state’s budget”
It’s hilarious that Governor Matt Bevin chose this particular discipline as an example. Someone had to say it.
Campus Reform reports:
KY Gov suggests cutting degrees like interpretive dance
Facing an estimated $200 million deficit, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) encouraged his state’s universities to cut unnecessary degree programs to help balance the state’s budget.
In a speech to the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship on Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky, Bevin suggested that the universities and colleges could “find entire parts of your campus…that don’t need to be there.”
He suggested eliminating programs because of the potential cuts the state could make and because they don’t produce graduates filling high-wage, high-demand jobs.
“Either physically as programs, degrees that you’re offering, buildings that…shouldn’t be there because you’re maintaining something that’s not an asset of any value, that’s not helping to produce that 21st century educated workforce,” he said.
“There’s not a lot of jobs right now in America looking for people with [interpretive dance] as a skill set,” Bevin pointed out, echoing his previous criticism of French literature majors.
“There’s a whole lot of kids sitting in their parents’ basements and competing with people for jobs that are minimum wage or a bit better who have four-year degrees, some of them graduate-level degrees,” the Governor said. “I challenge you to say to yourselves, ‘If we’re graduating 250 people out of our engineering school…why is it 250 and not 1,000? And what are we going to do between now and 2030 and a whole lot sooner to make sure it’s 1,000?’”
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