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Heather MacDonald shows how some universities that are imploding in California because of the funding crisis, paring off real academic programs even as it adds bloat to the diversity team, showing the narcissism of the place.
UC San Diego is adding diversity fat even as it snuffs out substantive academic programs. In March, the Academic Senate decided that the school would no longer offer a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering; it also eliminated a master’s program in comparative literature and courses in French, German, Spanish, and English literature. At the same time, the body mandated a new campus-wide diversity requirement for graduation. The cultivation of “a student’s understanding of her or his identity,” as the diversity requirement proposal put it, would focus on “African Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, or other groups” through the “framework” of “race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, language, ability/disability, class or age.” Training computer scientists to compete with the growing technical prowess of China and India, apparently, can wait. More pressing is guaranteeing that students graduate from UCSD having fully explored their “identity.” Why study Cervantes, Voltaire, or Goethe when you can contemplate yourself? “Diversity,” it turns out, is simply a code word for narcissism.
Those darlings will be so sensitive about ethnic concerns as they work at McDonald's, where half of the new jobs are coming from.
Who needs electrical engineers when fries need to be put in the grease?
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Well, engineers have a tendency to be able to create jobs.
You know, new firms and the like.
They've also had the tendency to be the first ones to start losing jobs when the economy starts going bad.
The unemployment rate for engineering and computer occupations is rising faster than for other professionals, according to the IEEE, which says first quarter labor statistics reveal a significant increase in the jobless rates among engineers.
According to a press release from the IEEE, the unemployment rate for all engineers jumped from 2.9% to 3.9% from the last quarter of 2008 to the first quarter this year. The IEEE says the numbers grew faster when compared with the increase in unemployment from quarter to quarter for all professional workers -- from 3% to 3.7% -- over the same timeframe. And perhaps even more worrisome, the IEEE says, is the increase of the unemployment rate from 1.2% overall in 2007 to nearly 4% now.
Breaking it down, the unemployment rate for electrical and electronics engineers rose from 2.4% to 4.1%. Mechanical engineers saw an increase from 2.1% to 4.2% in jobless rates and aerospace engineers experienced a less dramatic increase in unemployment rates from 1.1% to 1.4%, over the same timeframe. The IEEE based its findings on numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In computer occupations, the unemployment rate for software engineers went from 1.9% to 4.2%, and for computer scientists and systems analysts, the change was from 3% to 5.7% from quarter to quarter.
Sixteen percent of our more than 800 respondents (as of Thursday) are jobless right now. That's seven points higher than the national rate. Extrapolate that across the North American engineering cohort, and you're talking tens of thousands of good, qualified engineers looking for work.
What's worse? Half of you (48%) have been out of engineering work for two years or more. That's a stretch that's almost unimaginable to me.
Replacing useful knowledge with requirements for indoctrination. Sad.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."
Can you offer any evidence of the undergrad diversity requirement causing the elimination of the engineering masters programs (along with the masters program in comparative lit)?
Not sure you can show that one caused the other, but they certainly are prioritizing the former over the latter (it seems).
UC San Diego is adding diversity fat even as it snuffs out substantive academic programs. In March, the Academic Senate decided that the school would no longer offer a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering; it also eliminated a master’s program in comparative literature and courses in French, German, Spanish, and English literature. At the same time, the body mandated a new campus-wide diversity requirement for graduation.