That Wisconsin has kept college tuition steady is a positive good. Keeping students from racking up more debt is a social good. Being trained in political science and history, it is regrettable that those two disciplines were thrown out. That is doubly true, considering American’s knowledge of history to begin with.
Yet, with college so large a cost, compared to past decades, it is perhaps fair to ask, just how much of a liberal arts education does a person need? Two years is standard, or used to be, before one concentrated on their major, perhaps this needs to be cut back to three semesters or six quarters. A cut back yes, but still having requirements.
Unless the University is giving grants, scholarships, or some other form of moneyed advance, that lets people afford college, keeping the liberal arts where they are is a luxury most people cannot or will not support. In my day, at a junior college, and then a state college, it was affordable, even adjusting for inflation, the cost of college today would be out of my league.
I don’t blame the students, but they are in the final analysis, the customer, and if the customer is not buying the product, history or political science courses, maybe they should go, or their requirements reduced.