The Consequences of Cuts

Students will take longer to finish their degrees: 

Will some class sizes get larger when eligible faculty leave if no one is hired to replace them, UW-Milwaukee psychology professor John “Jay” Moore asked Monday during a monthly budget forum at the campus, the latest in the system to announce buyouts.

“That’s a fair implication,” UWM Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen responded. “Planning to cover vacancies would have to be part of the consideration process.”

Moore said he doubted UWM would turn away students just because there were fewer faculty to teach them. Larger class sizes could affect the quality of education. Reducing the number of class sections offered also potentially could extend the time it takes some students to complete their degree, university officials acknowledge.

But that’s fine, because then we can blame them for being impractical, shiftless kids who don’t understand a real work ethic, and want to spend seven years learning the ancient mating habits of whatever! We can talk about how in our day, we would have worked through college in three semesters, learning pipefitting and mathematics! It’ll be awesome.

Sometimes I want to be 19 again, because I sort of feel like the rage-filled ambitious asshole I was back then was my Best Chick, and also THIN, but then I read shit like this and think if these had been my circumstances I’d still be in school poking 40 with a short stick.


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  1. “Will some class sizes get larger when eligible faculty leave if no one is hired to replace them[?]”

    Which is all well and good for “lecture” courses, not so good for “discussion” classes, absolutely impossible for things like “chemistry labs”, where the facilities are the limiting factor. What a mess.

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