A small liberal arts college in North Carolina, facing a budget crisis, plans to drop majors such as math, physics and chemistry but keep far-left courses for its dwindling student population.
Guilford College, a private college home to approximately 2,100 students in Greensboro, plans to cut almost half of its academic majors and keep cutting faculty and staff from its payroll due to years of declining enrollment.
According to The College Fix, the Quaker school is frustrating many on campus for dropping numerous majors at the same time courses such as Sexuality Studies, African Studies, and Gender Studies will remain.
Matt Lamb of The College Fix predicts more schools, struggling because of COVID-19, will face budget-cutting decisions going into the future.
"I think as we go into kind of the next phase of this coronavirus,” he says, “we're going to see a lot of schools like this college that are smaller liberal arts colleges, that are fairly expensive, making similar decisions."
Regarding college staff and students feeling left out, Lamb says The College Fix article points out that faculty members were surprised by the cuts.
“They expressed they didn't feel they had provided input into it,” he says. “It certainly seems like this was not done through a very open process that allowed people to provide input."