April 02, 2009
How Liberal Arts (or Law Schools) Survived the Crash of '09
Posted by Christine Hurt

I'm a devotee of the Chronicle of Higher Education essay form, but this essay, written by Angela Sorby, a Marquette English professor, is hilarious.  It is written from the future, detailing how the liberal arts college of 2020 adapted.  My favorite section:

Study-abroad programs were eliminated. Students responded to that calamity by organizing and lobbying their legislators to lower the drinking age to 18, "like it is in Europe." To fully replicate the study-abroad experience, they also began the now-ubiquitous practice of singing in bars. Students who dream of traveling to Britain choose football anthems, while Asian-studies majors favor karaoke. This has also reduced transfer-credit red tape.

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