San Francisco State University was the site of the first sustained protests for the creation of ethnic studies programs, in the late 1960s. But The Los Angeles Times reported that in the California State University System, of which San Francisco State is a part, ethnic studies is now on the defensive. Administrators have cited enrollment declines to suggest cuts in a number of programs. Faculty leaders are asking for a moratorium on changes to the programs. Experts in the field say that the career focus of so many students today makes it more difficult to attract students. "A discipline like ethnic studies lays itself wide open to the critiques of what the hell do you do with this, can you run a corporation or fly a plane with this?," said Ron Scapp, president of the National Association for Ethnic Studies.
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