Colleges Lose Donors as Left-Wingers Take Over, Curb Free Speech

As left-wingers take over college campuses and protest anyone who does not agree with them, some universities are losing donors and funding. Two prime examples are the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College.

As parents realize that things are spiraling out of control as only one view point is allowed to be spoken about, they do not want their children to attend there. Therefore, enrollment at such campuses is rapidly declining.

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit that advocates for a variety of higher education issues, told Fox News that how a college handles freedom of expression matters greatly to prospective students, their parents and donors.

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She said, “When they look to what college to pick, parents and students are thinking of the largest investment their family is likely to make beyond the purchase of a home,” Merrill continued, “Across the political spectrum, one of the most essential assets is [the opportunity] to be exposed to a wide range of views.”

“It’s senior leadership at the colleges that sets the tone,” Merrill concluded.

At Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., last year left-wing students called for a day for whites to stay off campus. But a professor — well known as a progressive — publicly criticized the move. The response was threats and physical intimidation by students. Administrators decided to suspend classes for several days.

As at Missouri, the school administrators were assailed for allowing a group of overzealous students to call the shots.

Now Evergreen State has experienced a decline in enrollment that has resulted in a $2.1 million budget shortfall, forcing the liberal arts school to announce layoffs. The blow to the school’s enrollment and finances is seen as stemming, at least in part, from the showdown.

In other words, the left-wing students are making demands, and administrators are meeting them. The liberals are running the schools. As long as this continues, more donors will begin dropping them.

Campus Reform Editor Sterling Beard said, “I don’t think we have seen the full extent of the fallout at the University of Missouri,” he continued, “Violence is coming from Antifa groups on campus. Now they control administrators and shut out competing ideas they disagree with or don’t like.”

Beard added, “The lesson is that administrators have to treat their students like the adults that they are,” he concluded, “Nowadays they treat students with kid gloves.”

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