From what the college says, they are reducing the size of the mug classes from well over 300 to about 250 so they can go back to 60 day cruises and improve the quality of the license program. Those civilian students serve as a way to provide better funding and facilities for the regimented students. The state provides money based on enrollment and the civilian students add to this exponentially because most don't require housing (a lot of commuter students) and don't take resources away from license students. It's basically a win-win. The MAC (Maritime Academic Center) was built with funding based on this, and many of the ongoing improvements as well. And with a more compact and higher quality license program, there will be less competition when you graduate for jobs. Most of the other state schools offer non-license degrees as well, so I'm struggling to see what the problem is. Is it really that bad? Do you have many classes with those civilian students outside your core gen-ed classes? If you sail on your license these kids are not in competition with you and if you don't, you still have the advantage.
Were you there for the reign of Wendy Carpenter? She was universally loathed by students and staff alike and was forced to leave. I think Admiral Alfutis has done a tremendous amount for the students and has worked tireless to elevate and promote the reputation of the college.