I fought the money and the money won.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold what passes for cutting edge academic priorities these days:

The U. of Akron announced on Wednesday that it would phase out 80 degree programs. The next day, it announced it would open “the largest amount of dedicated esports space of any university in the world to date.”

I don’t have enough snark in me to do that justice.


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21 responses to “I fought the money and the money won.

  1. sniffer

    Esports competition is televised and money is won. This could be construed as winnings, maybe even income. That would place it far ahead of certain degrees that have no marketable skills upon gradulation. Such studies will go nameless here because to name said studies would only send some commenters into a tizzy.


  2. Walt

    This is really gonna piss off the guys at Stingtalk.


  3. Bright Idea

    So 80 useless pieces of paper will become unavailable at Akron. Cutting edge.


    • The Dawg abides

      Hey, giv’em credit for realizing they will never amount to shit in real sports and and trying to get out in front of something they can have some success at, no matter how pathetic.


  4. Russ

    Well, I studied engineering because I wanted a job. But I certainly enjoyed the broader learning offered by UGA more than just job training. That’s what a trade school is for.

    This is a shitty, short-sighted move by Akron.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. Nothing more than a vocational school. I’d suggest they add building trades too. I don’t have a problem with the decision, as it does serve a segment of the population and those skills are in need. Albeit scary, advanced computers drones, lasers, AI, etc. are having a huge and fascinating effect on everyday life. One should be prepared.

      But Akron should abandon the term university to avoid being confused with schools that offer a broad multi-disciplined education. Not just a current skill.


  5. Harold Miller

    Here comes the might Zips Fortnite team.


  6. stoopnagle

    More institutions should be courageous enough to co-ordinate with their peers to focus on their strengths, avoid replication of programs, and end their contributions to the glut of PhDs in particular fields.


  7. Maybe just add 80 more sports teams.


  8. Mayor

    I concur with Akron’s action in eliminating 80 degree programs. Nobody wants to go sit in a classroom that is 80 degrees. Too hot to learn anything.


  9. AusDawg85

    esports??!! I mean…c’mon. They’re playing video games. But “sport”? And people are paying money to watch kids play video games? Any parent since the ’90’s has been subjected to that. What’s a foul in an esport…having your controller taken away for a week? Do the players have any exposure to the sunlight? Are Mountain Dew and Cheetos the primary sponsors?

    Get off my damn lawn. I’m getting some real exercise and going golfing.


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  11. DawgPhan

    guessing most of you didnt read the article. Dropped majors no one was taking and were outside of their core tracks. Upgraded facilities for several of their club teams.

    about as nothing to see here as it gets.