Simmons University, a Boston women’s college, is cutting literature, philosophy, and sociology, among other majors—according to Inside Higher Ed. Enrollment is way down, but another challenge is the institution’s for-profit online-ed “partner”:
President Lynn Perry Wooten is also trying to change a contract Simmons has with 2U, an online learning company. Under the contract, negotiated before Wooten arrived at Simmons, 2U gets between 50 percent and 62 percent of tuition for each student in its online programs—more than half of all Simmons’s graduate students. The contract runs through 2039.