Save the Liberal Arts Economics Education at ND

Felipe Witchger
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A Petition to Save and Strengthen a Liberal Arts Economics Education at Notre Dame Dean John McGreevy and the Administration at the University of Notre Dame have recently announced plans to dissolve the Department of Economics and Policy Studies. This will effectively eliminate pluralism and alternative perspectives from the economics education offered at the University of Notre Dame. The mission of the Department of Economics and Policy Studies is to teach economics and to conduct research in a distinctive way that is: “Committed to values and socio-economic justice. Open to alternative theories and approaches. Interested in devising effective policies. Providing students with solid training in economics that matters." (http://econpolicy.nd.edu/about) We – the undersigned students, alumni, faculty, and supporters of a liberal arts economics education – oppose the decision to close the Department of Economics and Policy Studies and call for a strengthening of the liberal arts approach to economics education at Notre Dame. Please sign the below petition, spread the word, and if possible send an email to the Dean John.T.McGreevy.5@nd.edu and Provost tburish@nd.edu . Let them know who you are and express your disapproval of “the decision to undermine a liberal arts economics education at Notre Dame." Please also send a copy of your message to OpenEconomicsND@gmail.com so that we can keep track of the campaign and inform you about the results.

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We are a group of economics students and recent alumni who published an Open Letter to the Notre Dame community in April 2008. Since then we have been constructively engaging administrators and working to strengthen the liberal arts approach to economics education that fosters critical thinking and incorporates alternative perspectives. Please do not hesitate to contact us at OpenEconomicsND@gmail.com.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education's Recent Article about Economics at Notre Dame http://chronicle.com/article/Notre-Dame-to-Dissolve/48460/ Other Articles about Economics at Notre Dame http://openeconomicsnd.wordpress.com/economics-at-notre-dame/ The Post Autistic Economics Network and the Real-World Economics Review http://www.paecon.net/ Our Open Letter form April 2008 http://openeconomics.blogspot.com/ Our Blog http://openeconomicsnd.wordpress.com/

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