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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:16 PM

Republican governors trying to eliminate funding for liberal arts


Another Liberal Arts Critic


North Carolinians might have seen this coming when they elected Patrick McCrory governor in November. He's a Republican and the second half of his name is "Rick," and these days -- with Rick Scott in Florida and Rick Perry in Texas -- that tends to mean criticism of the liberal arts and flagship universities.

On a national radio program Tuesday morning, McCrory, who goes by Pat, said he would push legislation to base funding for the state’s public colleges and universities on post-graduate employment rather than enrollment.

"I'm looking at legislation right now – in fact, I just instructed my staff yesterday to go ahead and develop legislation – which would change the basic formula in how education money is given out to our universities and our community colleges,” McCrory told radio host Bill Bennett, who was education secretary under President Reagan. “It's not based on butts in seats but on how many of those butts can get jobs."

The Republican governor also called into question the value of publicly supporting liberal arts majors after the host made a joke about gender studies courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. "If you want to take gender studies that's fine, go to a private school and take it,” McCrory told the radio host. “But I don't want to subsidize that if that's not going to get someone a job."

The two criticized philosophy Ph.D.s in a similar manner later in the program. "How many Ph.D.s in philosophy do I need to subsidize?" Bennett asked, to which McCrory replied, "You and I agree." (Bennett earned a Ph.D., from a public flagship university, the University of Texas at Austin, in philosophy.)

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/30/north-carolina-governor-joins-chorus-republicans-critical-liberal-arts#ixzz2JaOfCJwK
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:24 PM

1. Not just the Liberal Arts

this is a secret plan to destroy Public University's. The Rich and the Right Wing control a major portion of the Job Market, so if they refuse to higher new people and let old people retire, there will be bad post-graduate employment rates, which means Public Universities lose their funding and the proletariat and middle classes are once again un and under educated.

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Response to Drale (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:38 PM

2. you are right. They hate public education.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:45 PM

3. (facepalm)

UNC-Chapel Hill is among the nation's foremost public institutions of higher learning. For the moment. As are Texas and Michigan, where two more pRicks (Perry and Snyder) could attack at any time.

Meanwhile, Berkeley, UCLA, and the rest of California's vaunted public higher ed system are simply being starved for cash. The recently passed Prop 30 will only help stop the bleeding.

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