Faculty and program cuts at The College of Saint Rose

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ALBANY — The College of Saint Rose will cut 16 bachelor’s degree programs, six master’s degree programs and three certificate programs, and will eliminate 33 tenured and tenure-track faculty effective December 2021, according to the college. Another eight full-time visiting faculty with annual contracts will not be renewed at that time.

The almost $6 million in cuts mean the end of four bachelor’s degrees in the Art program, three in the Music program, two Math degrees, five Science and Technology degrees and two business degrees. In the college’s master’s programs, four Education degree offerings will be eliminated, two Business and Technology degrees and certificate programs in financial planning, literacy and quality control in higher education.

The college, which offers 109 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates, is shutting a number of programs with declining or historically low enrollment, according to its website.

Of the 3,774 students at the college, program cuts will effect 10 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students.

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Scott Brodie

As a faculty member, I spent a decade during the late 1990s into the 2000s on Saint Rose’s strategic planning committee. It was clear then that the college was heading in the wrong direction.

The emphasis on growth, redefining faculty members as salaried workers and a focus on worker productivity, recalibrating students as customers, resetting the college’s goals with corporate language and business tools, and hiring ever more corporate friendly administrators, was all part of an ill-fated scheme to corporatize the college. No longer would the College of Saint Rose be the Liberal Arts Institution as conceived by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondolet and glorified in the 1924 Alma Mater,

“To you we owe knowledge of truths most sublime–
Truths which never will change with the passing of time.”

“Sublime truths” were sacrificed to all important growth. Educational standards were eroded in favor of increased enrollment. Flashy new edifices and a huge new dormitory demanded ever increasing capital investment. College culture shifted to customer satisfaction. Saint Rose became an ordinary business venture taking ordinary business risks. And like many businesses, it over-extended itself without enough customers to pay the bills.

What if we had supported student’s intellectual growth rather than corporate growth? What if we had supported the best faculty instead of growing the student body? What if we had raised the academic expectations of each class rather than raising new buildings? What if we had remained physically small and invested in the educational mission? I don’t know that remaining a smaller and better liberal arts institution would have secured the college’s future, but as a corporate business venture, it has failed, and failed the promise of the founding Sisters.

All valid points! My only comment is that students ARE customers, and unless they are viewed as such, recognizing that higher learning institutions ARE businesses, the downward spiral will continue. The notion that people are going to willing to pay $50k per year to take classes on-line from their parent’s kitchen table is a huge game changer.

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