Faculty Protest Reforms They Say Create 'Walmarts Of Higher Education'

12/30/2013 11:21 am ET

Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate.

A proposal in Florida would let online courses forgo the usual higher-education accreditation process, while a California legislator introduced a measure that would have substituted online courses for some of the brick-and-mortar kind at public universities.

Some campuses of the University of North Carolina system are mulling getting rid of history, political science, and various others of more than 20 “low productive” programs. The University of Southern Maine may drop physics. And governors in Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin have questioned whether taxpayers should continue subsidizing public universities for teaching the humanities.

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