650 College Foreign Language Programs Have Closed in the Last Three Years

Signs of an English-only world? More than 650 college foreign-language programs closed between 2013 and 2016.

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, this trend may show that foreign language programs are at the top of the chopping block for institutions looking for budget savings.

Along with the fact that language training is a wonderful complement, but perhaps not a substitute for a standalone degree program in terms of a student’s marketability?

The takeaway? The ability to successfully communicate with an increasingly international world hasn’t gone away. So how can we better incorporate language learning within our existing academic programs in order to increase the global marketability of our graduates?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.