What’s the effect of the economy on you as a design educator?
The recent merger of the graphic and industrial design areas at North Carolina State University exemplifies how design departments in Universities and Colleges are responding to the economic downturn. Other institutions have cancelled entire degree programs, reduced the number of courses, or furloughed faculty and staff. The DEC Steering Committee wants to hear from directly from you–how is the economic downturn affecting your design institution and you?
The DEC Steering Committee seeks to gather your stories and images about how the economic downturn is affecting you as a design educator. What are your anxieties? How is your institution implementing budget cuts? How are you responding to them? What are the emerging opportunities in the chaos?
The DEC Steering Committee intention in gathering these stories is to (1) write an editorial on how the design education community is being affected by the economic downturn and (2) prepare a set of recommendations for what we at AIGA can do to help better support design educators in their situations.
Contribute early and often! Discussion from the first 30 days will be used to inform both the story and the set of recommendations.