Philosophy Under Threat at Adrian College

The Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Leadership at Adrian College in Michigan is one of three departments targeted for elimination by the administration of the university. 

According to a letter (below) from the Adrian College Association of Professors, seven faculty were laid off over the summer and eleven other faculty layoffs are planned.

The cuts were initially announced in a memo in February, 2020, and reiterated, with further details, in a memo on August 21st.

According to local media (see also here), a group of more than 1900 alumni from the small college have joined together in a Facebook group to protest the cuts. Said one former graduate of the college: “I would like to request the administration provide the specific data driving these decisions and an articulation of how, exactly, the eradication of these programs fits with Adrian’s stated mission as a liberal arts institution/ As an alumna of one of the targeted programs and a longtime supporter of the College, I am deeply concerned future students will be denied the curricular depth enjoyed by past generations of Adrian alumni.”

(via Jeff Engelhardt)

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