What weighs us down?
If you look 30 years from now, the vast majority of engineering and math jobs will be programmable. We need people who think outside the box, who think of more than just what they see - those are the people in fine arts, in sociology. Those are hugely influential areas. Devaluing them in the academic world is so shortsighted, and it comes back to money. STEM is where the money is; it’s not in, say, gender studies. Those programs that make money are getting influenced by corporations, because schools are so swayed by who is funding them.
It's damaging for those who aren't analytical, to place a large value on those doing math over those who do poetry. It's terrible in my mind - is the right word elitist? I have a friend doing English as a degree. She felt so bad that she dropped out, she kept being asked, why are you doing an English major, you won't make money. Artists, creators at UW - that's a hard place to be, when value is put towards people who are not like you, but encouraged more than you. That's an issue in academia, but UW is so bad for it because it's known for being engineering focused - I’ve felt it, too, the reputations around degrees. It affects how people view themselves.