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)