As the recession continues, cuts to state universities are beginning to kick in, and even such financially well-cushioned systems as the University of North Carolina are preparing to reduce academic programs. On the Pope Center site today, Jay Schalin looks at how degree programs are being eliminated around the country. Some schools are dropping low-performing majors (ones that don’t produce many graduates). But maybe the ax should fall on majors that draw a lot of students because they are too easy, says Jay. And now is a good time to drop those politicized programs like “Community Studies,” which is (thankfully) bowing out at the University of California at Santa Cruz.