Future college students will skim through thinner course catalogs

Colleges in the Midwest that make it to the other side of the current higher education upheaval accelerated by the pandemic will offer fewer — and different — academic programs than they do now.

Because of a shrinking pool of traditional college students and rising costs, humanities and liberal arts majors are at risk as colleges focus on programs such as engineering and health care, which are in greater demand and generate more revenue.

“A lot of colleges are showing that they have some nimbleness still, but they’re doing it by literally slashing entire academic departments,” said Michael Horn, an education industry watcher and commentator. “So a college is staying in business by cutting all of their humanities, for example.”

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