The University of Illinois is making national news but not for work on regulation of the bio-fuels market central to the 21st economy, or for a review of the light emitting diode pioneered there 50 years ago, or studies of wage subsidies and terms of employment, or for better understanding social safety nets in reducing childhood obesity either.

Rather, they are closing its aviation program.

The aviation program, which has done a good job for the past six decades, is being closed. The reason given is that the enrollment has dropped more than 50% in 8 years. They are going to save $750,000 dollars through the closure. These are dollars that, in theory, will be used to fund other programs that are a better fit with the university’s mission.