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U of Kansas Will Cut Humanities Department

February 23, 2021

The University of Kansas plans to eliminate its humanities program and undergraduate degrees in humanities and visual art education, KSNT.com reported. Six programs that the university deems underperforming in terms of enrollment are safe for now, while seven others will be merged with other programs. The university, which is facing serious budget issues, and which hasn’t ruled out cutting faculty members according to a new policy that makes doing so easier, estimates that cutting the two visual art education and humanities degrees will save it about $500,000. The University Press of Kansas has also revealed that its future is uncertain due to financial issues.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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