This is a trend larger than Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is one of 34 states where enrollment declined for nearly all types of higher education institutions last spring, in part due to the state’s declining birth rate and a better post-recession economy.
It’s interesting to see the different response from private vs. government universities. Knowing that they have to make themselves more attractive to continue to get a share of a shrinking pool, private universities are downsizing and/or transforming:
For instance, to help address Wisconsin’s shortage of pharmacists, Concordia University in Mequon started a program to train them. The Medical College of Wisconsin also started a program.
Another private institute, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, is expanding its computer science program with an emphasis on artificial intelligence.
Our government schools, knowing that they have a permanent source of revenue via taxpayers, continue to prop up old structures for the sake of keeping them alive:
Last month, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point dropped plans to scrap six majors to solve a budget deficit after backlash from students and staff.
And the UW-SP action earned great Hosanna!! from the usual suspects who comment here.
The UW System should choose 4 campuses for closure and execute the plan in 2020.
Let’s all be honest here. UW SP scrapped their multi year long plans only because of who is in the governor’s office. Had Walker won, they would have continued on with those plans.
Declining college enrollment means a more educated populace.
What goes on at these pathetic liberal disinformation centers is no longer education in many cases.
Speak clearly. You mean that there will be fewer college grads, but they’ll be better-educated? Go on, explain your logic.
Less people being intoctrinated by liberal academia and more skilled labor force. Total win, win.
Just more alternative facts.