Student enrollment is reportedly dropping at schools known to be hotbeds for “social justice warfare.”
Student enrollment is reportedly dropping at schools that are known to be prone to campus protests for “social justice warfare.”
For example, “The Oberlin Review” the newspaper for the liberal arts Oberlin College, claimed that a leaked document shows that the college has missed its 2017 enrollment mark by about 80 students, and has racked up “a $5 million budget deficit” because of it.
According to Cornell Law School professor, William Jacobson, Oberlin’s declining admissions is “most obviously” due to its “ relentless social justice warfare.”
“Social justice warfare at Oberlin has been more intense and sustained over a longer period of time than at most schools, and has come to define Oberlin in the media,” Jacobson said. “The resulting mockery and derision, even in liberal publications, has damaged the Oberlin brand.”
Another suggested culprit is the post-Trump rise in skepticism about the value of obtaining a college degree among conservatives. Kenyon College in Ohio particularly felt a drop in applicants following the presidential elections last year.
“This is a year in which you were vulnerable if you were a small liberal arts college in a rural red state and you attract a significant portion of your student body from the East Coast or West Coast, which would certainly be the case with Kenyon,” said Diane Anci, the Kenyon enrollment vice president and admissions & financial aid dean.
According to Pew Research Center survey, which was published back in July, around 36% of Republicans think universities and colleges positively impact the country- a drop from 54% just two years prior.
A Gallup poll in August also found that only 33% of Republicans had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in higher education,” and 67% had “some or very little” confidence in it.
Many highschool counselors have also reported more parents are expressing concern about their children going to colleges with a reputation for progressiveness.
“National Association of Scholars” president, Peter Wood, warns that this drop could be more serious than it seems. “That doesn’t sound like an astonishing number of people not coming, but weighed on a percentage basis, that’s a huge drop in just one year,” he said. “And Oberlin has for some time been struggling to make its classes. This wasn’t just some negligence: ‘Oh, we didn’t realize that we had to try harder to get students.’ They’ve been trying really hard to get students, and students just aren’t coming.”