Friday, January 29, 2016

In Kentucky, a push for engineers over French lit scholars

(AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin wants state colleges and universities to produce more electrical engineers and less French literature scholars.

The first term Republican governor has a workforce shortage on his hands, and he says part of the problem is the state's public colleges and universities are not turning out degrees for the jobs companies have open. He has proposed a performance-based funding model for colleges and universities that would give them more funding for producing engineers instead of French lit majors.


Critics say students do not need limits on what they can learn, and that adding a broad education contributes to a person's overall knowledge and can be helpful in choosing a career.