Market discipline whacks Wisconsin universities hard

Blame Scott Walker. From Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:

It turns out that you can’t earn a living teaching subjects that students aren’t that interested in. Even if you have tenure.

This is only possible because the GOP majority in the Wisconsin State Legislature passed and Governor Scott Walker signed a bill rolling back Wisconsin’s ultra-strong tenure protection in state-funded higher education, and the subsequent “rewriting of related Board of Regents policies on tenure and program discontinuance.” As a result, if a department is closed, the tenured professors in it lose their jobs. As a matter of fact, in most other colleges and universities, this already is the situation. Tenure does not protect professors when their department is folded up, usually due to poor enrollments. (Sometimes due to exposure as quackery.See the histroy of Phrenology, for instance.) More.

Reality check: Yes, we can restore the idea that university is about knowledge, not acting out. Maybe even in Ontario…

See also: Survey: Most people think AI will take others’ jobs but not theirs