Preview of 2021? Two colleges plan program cuts, another lays off 300+

Photo: Anthony Moretti

This was a bad week for higher education. It might also be a sign of what’s to come in 2021.

The leaders at the University of Evansville and the College of St. Rose announced program cuts, and more than 300 people were laid off at George Washington University.

The economic fallout from coronavirus prompted all three decisions. There’s every reason to believe the economic chaos facing higher education will continue into 2021 and beyond.

Public institutions across the country face further cuts in state funding. Many privates in the northeast and Midwest face enrollment challenges because of declining college-age populations. Unemployment and economic fears are sure to prompt students to delay (or cancel) college dreams.

What took place in Indiana, New York and the nation’s capital appear certain to be repeated in other states in the coming year.

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