(Not about anything online per se, but worthy of sending out.)
Some American campuses are still cutting programs and faculty five years into the Great Recession/some-sort-of-recovery. The most recent examples: twelve Pennsylvania universities. One Minnesota university. One in Washington, D.C.One in Vermont. Adjuncts go, of course, but also tenure-track and tenured faculty. These schools are cutting programs and departments, which means tenure’s protection doesn’t matter as much.
What if this isn’t a blip, but a trend?
Let’s call this strategy academia sacrifices its queen. That’s a risky chess move where one player gives up their most powerful piece in order to win the game.
What happens to the humanities and non-quantitatively-intensive social sciences, frequent targets of queen sacrifices? The short answer is “they suffer”. Again, campuses can outsource classes, either to bricks and mortar institutions. Or humanists can make a more effective case for themselves, and convince everyone – politicians, parents, deans – that they are worth the very high price.