The North Carolina congress has endorsed more funding for their university system, which is nice. There’s a catch, though.
The board approved new rules for which subjects can have distinguished professorships. They will now only be given in STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Subjects outside of this category will keep the distinguished professorship positions they’ve already established, but are no longer allowed to create new ones.
Wow. I don’t know who decided that this was a good idea, but I’m certain they know absolutely nothing about education. You can’t have a good university if you treat the arts and humanities and social sciences as second-rate afterthoughts.
I hope the STEM professors at UNC are raising a stink right now. Although getting a 7% salary increase is a good strategy for buying silence.