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After Student Protests, Alumni Close Wallets to Liberal Arts Schools

The New York Times ran a deliciously precious little article reporting on the fact that alumni donations are down this year at various liberal arts schools:

“As an alumnus of the college, I feel that I have been lied to, patronized and basically dismissed as an old, white bigot who is insensitive to the needs and feelings of the current college community,” Mr. MacConnell, 77, wrote in a letter to the college’s alumni fund in December, when he first warned that he was reducing his support to the college to a token $5.

A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year. Although fund-raisers are still gauging the extent of the effect on philanthropy, some colleges — particularly small, elite liberal arts institutions — have reported a decline in donations, accompanied by a laundry list of complaints.


Colleges trash free speech, pour scorn on Western culture, show open contempt for the values that built them… And their alumni are no longer so enthusiastic about supporting them. Whodathunkit?

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  • QET

    All part of the plan. Federal tax dollars will continue to increase to replace lost private donations. College administrators–pod people of the invasive government species–are gradually freeing themselves from their alumni donor base. Private colleges are growing less and less private. Everything is proceeding as Emperor Progressive has foreseen.

    • Josephbleau

      I admire your sentiment but Alumni gifting and overwhelmingly more, alumni wills, are lifeblood, not just your given Fed government granting that cannot be reduced. Alums give new football stadiums. Fed research funding is supreme, but different.

  • Beauceron

    It will not change the behavior of the Leftist that now dominate the campuses.
    And it will not save the sinking reputation of higher education.

  • seattleoutcast

    Perhaps those in the know could answer this question:

    Why do the state legislatures continue to fund these colleges, and in particular, certain departments? In strong, conservative states, wouldn’t it be easy to squelch funding to specific departments? Is it that the university charters do not allow this type of interference?

    • FriendlyGoat

      If you want this to happen, you may want to scratch the word “interference”.

      • seattleoutcast

        That’s true.

    • f1b0nacc1

      This is, of course, precisely where the road leads. With time state legislatures (particularly those in cash-strapped states) are going to have to choose between core priorities (paying off public sector employees, and other welfare cases) and funding these resorts for the children of the middle class. Guess who is going to win?

    • Josephbleau

      Missouri did this after the recent unpleasantness at the old UM. The NYT does not know that there is a University of Missouri.

  • FriendlyGoat

    I hope that those older alumni who are disappointed with the directions of their liberal-arts alma maters will write open letters to the students of those places—-rather than just writing to other adults in administrations, alumni associations and such. When young liberals are “over an edge” (and we know some are), it’s only the older liberals who can fix them. This comes down to a matter of specificity about what “open-mindedness” really means and when it gets silly and produces counterproductive backlash.

  • Boritz

    There is only one solution to this impasse. Have a winning football season and the donations will flood back in.

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