A University of Wisconsin campus proposed eliminating 13 majors, including art, causing widespread controversy.
Several hundred students from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (UWSP) gathered on Wednesday to protest a proposal from the school’s administration that would scrap 13 liberal arts and humanities majors while bolstering support for majors that emphasis technical skill, the Washington Postreported. Among the majors on the chopping block is art, though a major in graphic design would survive the cuts. Wisconsin’s education system has seen significant funding reductions under its Republican governor, Scott Walker, who cut $250 million from university funding in the state in 2015, and who has attempted to shift the mission of state universities toward job growth. UWSP itself is facing a $4.5 million deficit over two years. Members of the Save Our Majors campaign, which is battling the proposal at UWSP, charged that elected officials “perpetuated the belief that education is only valuable when it leads to specific career paths.”