I don’t want to stop you from reading all of this very important and well-written academic horror story. Therefore, I’ll just pick out this tidbit from the end to make a point:
It seems clear that the goal of this “recalibration” is to make Bemidji State more of a vocational school, to give customers the career results they demand. One of my graduate students articulated the trouble with this line of thinking: in ten years, she said, if someone wants to get a liberal arts degree, he or she will have to be able to pay private school prices for it.
If you think this sort of thing only happens to the foreign languages and classics departments of public universities you are fooling yourselves. Unless you teach business administration or your research produces patents, they’ll be coming for your department eventually.