Monday, September 8, 2014

Oh, the Humanities! Disciplines Survived, Even Thrived, Despite Recession

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 8th, 2014


For humanities departments that are still struggling with the lingering effects of the 2008 recession, it appears no news is the best news.
That’s one of the chief conclusions of a report released on Monday by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The report stems from a survey of the state of the humanities across 13 disciplines.
Despite continuing debates about the decline of the humanities and heightened interest in STEM education and professional programs, the authors of the report found that some of the oldest academic disciplines had survived and even prospered in the face of the difficult recession years, in which many colleges faced budget cuts and calls to revamp their curricula.

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