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Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:20:37 PM »
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-20/why-students-are-fleeing-humanities

Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities

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So why are humanities and closely related social science degrees in such dire straits these days? That’s a complex question that likely has many components related to rising tuition and shifts in student preferences about what they want to study. The politicization of these fields, however, may play an under-recognized role in the decline of student interest.

In total, these two data sources can be matched across 25 academic disciplines. The results show a clear pattern. Most of the academic disciplines in decline are also more heavily skewed toward the political left. Among the severely skewed disciplines, only two — communications and music — have shown any growth in the number of majors since 2011. And that growth is modest, indicating that they are only treading water. The remainder of the most politically imbalanced disciplines show moderate to severe drops in majors. These include English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, anthropology, and religion.

As a substantial caveat, these findings only point to a pattern of students avoiding the most politicized disciplines. They do not show that ideological skew is the cause of the decline, or that non-leftist students are being excluded from these fields. But it is also not difficult to see how libertarians, conservatives, or even moderates might feel unwelcome in an ideologically unbalanced major.

Many faculty in the most imbalanced departments seem to enjoy the echo chamber of ideological homogeneity that their areas of study have become over the last two decades. Ironically, that imbalance may end up undermining the long-term viability of the same fields. If enough students find the hyper-politicized classroom offerings in the humanities and social sciences to their disliking, they will eventually vote with their feet.







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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2019, 10:25:51 PM »
Any major that can be politicized appears to be turning off students from studying that major....

Image result for Change in share of US college majors from 2008 to 2017






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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2019, 10:35:07 PM »
Gee.  I wonder why Asians in aggregate make more money than other races?

https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d18/tables/dt18_302.20.asp?current=yes

Percent of recent high school completers enrolled in college:
Asian:      87.0%
White:    69.4%
Hispanic: 67.1%
Black:      58.4%

Asians are 4.8% of the US population, but they get a disproportionate number of STEM degrees:

Bachelors:  13.6%
Masters:     16.4%

https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d18/tables/dt18_318.45.asp?current=yes










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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2019, 09:01:55 AM »
And you have to wonder why any parent would allow their kid to attend Williams College.....
"short periods of time" - Do they mean until they were shipped off to Buchenwald or Auschwitz?


https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/331019/#respond

WILLIAMS COLLEGE STUDENTS PUT DAVID IRVING TO SHAME: Holocaust Revisionism at Williams College. Williams students are quoted as claiming that the Palestinians are facing worse oppression than Jews during the Holocaust, because “unlike the seemingly unending Israeli occupation of the West Bank, ‘the purpose of these [World War II] ghettos were basically to control, segregate, and separate the Jewish people for short periods of time.'”

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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2019, 09:13:08 AM »
There are a lot of high school grads opting for non-traditional for profit colleges that offer 2 and 4 year degrees in various medical and pharmaceutical technical programs.  Instead of spending 4 years and $40,000 in a traditional university they get a degree that quickly leads to a job in the medical field and most work while attending classes.  We have a couple of those around here.   I think the data in the OP definitely reflects that.

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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2019, 09:41:28 AM »
WILLIAMS COLLEGE STUDENTS PUT DAVID IRVING TO SHAME: Holocaust Revisionism at Williams College. Williams students are quoted as claiming that the Palestinians are facing worse oppression than Jews during the Holocaust, because “unlike the seemingly unending Israeli occupation of the West Bank, ‘the purpose of these [World War II] ghettos were basically to control, segregate, and separate the Jewish people for short periods of time.'”

This is just sick................(our Liberal schools will be the death of America)

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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2019, 02:35:18 AM »
I'd say the more politically correct schools outside the top 20 are having a harder time as well....

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/331026/#respond

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Several other college officials and higher-education consultants confirmed that they are seeing enrollment problems at numerous institutions.

The reasons for the enrollment shortfalls, said Massa and others, are complex and tied to several factors. Those include the declining number of high-school students across the regions, families’ increasing sensitivity to tuition and other costs, questions about the overall value of a college degree, and the ease with which students can apply to and consider multiple colleges.

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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2019, 02:45:54 AM »
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/08/why-men-are-the-new-college-minority/536103/

This fall, women will comprise more than 56 percent of students on campuses nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

More women in college than men?  I wonder why.....

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/331036/#respond

Study finds that 92% of sex-specific scholarships at colleges and universities are for women.

Oh....

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Re: Why Students Are Fleeing The Humanities
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2019, 02:55:54 AM »
https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/331009/#respond

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College is too expensive for a host of reasons. No one says we live in a utopia. Yet, in the years before the government injected moral hazard into the equation by backing loans for every useless journalism degree, both lender and borrower had to weigh the compromises of debt. Perhaps being a well-read and well-rounded person with a fine arts degree is more important to you than an engineering degree and a big paycheck. That’s fine. That’s a choice.

Psychology, the seventh-most popular major in the United States, is also the 160th most useful major in making a living.

 

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