What we have, here, is a value conflict. The powers-that-be have a budget to manage, and so they value fiscal sustainability. Instructors, conversely, have students to teach. They value quality education. Who should win?
Putting a Price on Mental Illness Redux: The Importance of Adding Values to Rationality
Consider what it would mean if that economic analysis of mental illness determined that treating it was not profitable. What then? If easing suffering is not profitable, are we willing to allow people to suffer?
Got a complex problem? A complex value-system might be the solution.
Our problems are complex. So complicated, in fact, they defy the ability of any single person to fully understand them, let alone solve them. Luckily, we're not alone.