Skip to comments.It took down the flag after Trump’s election. Its freshman class is 15 students.
Posted on 07/24/2019 9:26:44 AM PDT by robowombat
It took down the flag after Trumps election. It opposes intense debate. Its freshman class is 15 students. It Could lose its accreditation in November
GREG PIPER - ASSOCIATE EDITOR JULY 2, 2019
If you need an object lesson in the financial perils of wokeness for colleges, look no further than Hampshire College in Massachusetts.
It got on the national radar after Donald Trumps election, when the private liberal arts school responded to campus unrest by removing the American flag (among others) from campus. Then-President Jonathan Lash said it was an impediment to addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.
He doubled down when criticized, saying the American flags presence interfered with the ability of students to express themselves. Everyone who is not delusional correctly recognizes that the flag symbolizes our constitutional right to express ourselves even when we burn it. (The flag was flown again after two weeks.)
A year later, Lashs administration canceled a speech by a gun-rights activist two hours before its scheduled start because the sponsor hadnt disclosed it might provoke intense debate.
Lash didnt last, and Hampshire might not, either.
We told you in February that the unconventional college which has no grades, no majors and no test scores it will consider in applications was on the brink of financial collapse and might lose its accreditation. One statistic illustrates just how much trouble its in:
Thats the number of incoming students who have enrolled in the fall term, according to an eye-opening profile in The Boston Globe. Last years class was 290 students. Hampshire has lost more than half its usual enrollment for all classes, leaving around 600 students on campus.
MORE: Hampshire is on the brink of collapse
It would be a mistake to blame Hampshires problems solely on its performative wokeness, since many of its nearby peers are doing fine and theyre just as woke.
But Hampshire never bothered to cultivate the habits of a successful college, particularly a healthy endowment fed by alumni fundraising.
It has periodically lowered its academic standards to draw a larger enrolling class with 1,500 students as recently as the early 2010s but the increased tuition, room and board payments have been offset by extra costs from financially and academically needy students.
As a result, the college has regularly laid off faculty and staff, including earlier this year. It has until Nov. 1 to overhaul its governance and financial resources, under orders from the New England Commission of Higher Education, according to the Globe.
It commissioned mega-alumnus Ken Burns to lead a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, in the hopes that a quick cash infusion will save this institution that has gambled wrong for nearly 50 years.
But like an addict who cant leave the table, Hampshires new interim president, Ken Rosenthal, is placing an all-or-nothing bet on the colleges turnaround. He announced last month it will enroll a full class for fall 2020, as if this falls tiny enrollment was a fluke.
MORE: Hampshire bans American flag to combat hate-based violence
In reality, those 15 incoming students were the product of decisions that limited enrollment to students who had applied early decision or taken a gap year, given the precarious financial situation.
While incoming students can still avail themselves of resources at the other four members of the Five College Consortium Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke and the public UMass-Amherst -it wasnt worth it for one student for whom Hampshire had been her dream:
In February, [Natalie Barry] received a letter detailing what to expect her first semester: limited extracurricular activities and reduced housing, dining hall, and work-study options.
Barry, 18, instantly recognized it was time to move on. Now shes bound for Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., to pursue a double major in psychology and political science.
Never heard of Juniata? Unfortunately, it sounds a lot like Hampshire, except that students such as Barry wont feel the worthlessness of their degrees as soon as Hampshires students will.
addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.
Imagine the dopamine hit these people continually get from realizing just how amazing they are for taking these brave positions!
Lots and LOTS of colleges need to go out of business.
Unless they get back to education and stop the indoctrination, they should be avoided.
All, the full fruit of socialism and liberalism on display.
The future of our entire country if we let it.
Looks like a nice spot for a landfill.
1. any school doing this, should not exist
2. any staff approving of this, should not have a teaching credential
3. any fees should be refunded, and those who took them prosecuted
Was Bernie Sanders WIFE in charge of this college also??
If that’s an honest question, I really don’t know.
It does sound like something her husband could get fully on board with.
Looks live a real expensive physical plant. I bet some savvy woke Saudi trillionaire will buy it and install the progressive Mohammed Bernstein School of Rabbinical and Sharia Law.
Looks to me “.. to pursue a double major in psychology and political science....” Natalie is determined to pursue worthlessness in a college degree!
Yeah. It sounds like a place where the crappiest teachers go to work. And the crappiest students go to get a degree in navel gazing
She BANKRUPTED a college in Vermont! And got FRAUD loans against it! And NOTHING....NOTHING happened to her because she’s a DEMOCRAT!
My favorite NOT a Ken Burns Documentary(Some Strong language):
The death of commie college can’t happen fast enough. The mind pollution they create may never get fixed. Shutting down these places and cutting federal funding for LIBERAL arts should be done ASAP.
Want a Liberal Arts degree - try Hillsdale College.
Undecided? Go work at Mickey D’s for a year.
Why pay to send your kids to a “college” where they “learn” to be blithering Useful Idiots, who end up not being able function in the real world?
“Never heard of Juniata? Unfortunately, it sounds a lot like Hampshire, except that students such as Barry wont feel the worthlessness of their degrees as soon as Hampshires students will.”
Decades ago one of our adult children with real degrees in real subjects labeled these worthless degrees as IUD’s!
Instant Unemployment Degrees. The so called graduates became Instantly Unemployed as soon as they walked across the stage and received their $100k worthless degrees.
That has gotten worse since then.
Sad news for those getting these IUD’s, and good news for those going to good trade schools and good universities.
The later grads will have less real competition from the snowflakes.
Those hiring them will pay more and try to keep them employed.
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