Inside Higher Ed
June 4th, 2015
Larry Singell saw the writing on the wall well before his college was hit with a possible $8 million deficit.
Though the College of Arts and Sciences is by far the largest college
at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, more and more students were
enrolling with credits earned through high school programs and
community colleges. Students, worrying about employability after
college, were leaving majors like English and anthropology behind and
picking professional colleges instead.
“There’s no one reason why this is happening. As usual, it’s
complicated,” Singell, dean of the college for the past four years, said
of Indiana's deficit, which he says is a symptom of larger problems
faced by liberal arts divisions within universities. “The budgetary
problems are not one-year problems. This is not something that’s going
to be different next year.”