“Why study Cervantes, Voltaire, or Goethe when you can contemplate yourself?”

So says Heather Mac Donald, who argues “diversity” in higher education is code for narcissism. She writes:

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.”

Identity exploration costs a pretty penny, too. Near-penniless UC schools cut real degrees to lavishly fund “diversity” offerings:

Not only have diversity sinecures been protected from budget cuts, their numbers are actually growing. The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time “vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.” This position would augment UC San Diego’s already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor’s Diversity Office, the associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisors, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women’s Center.

Let us all bow before the altar of race, class and gender studies. Because it’s all so important. To whom? Ah, to those whose pockets are lined by it. Much like the Al Gores of the world who profit by screaming the sky is falling overheating. Or cooling. Depends on how much money is involved, I guess.

Read the rest. Bureaucrats protect themselves at taxpayer expense. Always.

h/t Instapundit, whose link “Higher Education Bubble” link has mysteriously 404’d.

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2 Responses

  1. Everything about California stinks, everything but the weather. The Liberals can’t damage that. But Reagan must be turning in his grave at how far California has fallen.

    Now that I think of it, in a few weeks I’ll be going to southern Cal on a business trip. I’m surprised they still do business there. 😉

    • True, but they need money to tax somehow. ; )

      If you have the chance, make a trip to the Reagan Library. It’s in Simi Valley. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

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