The past few years have been pretty
rough on the English major. About 50,000 students earn bachelor’s degrees in English annually, comprising only about 3% of all college graduates nationwide. This is a sharp decline from 45 years ago, when the share of English majors was closer to 8%. To put it mildly, faculty in English departments across the country have noticed.
Worry about student debt continues to negatively impact enrollment for colleges of all types, according to an annual survey recently published by Inside Higher Ed. The 2016 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors asked 339 admissions directors (or those with equivalent titles) about issues relevant to their profession: particularly, the growing impact of debt on students’ enrollment decisions.