What happens when a university administration loses its way and begins kowtowing to noisemakers shouting “racism”?
The answer is that enrollment drops. Take the University of Missouri, which became made headlines late last year after a black student there claimed a racial slur had been hurled at him from a pickup truck and began a hunger strike. Within days, hundreds of protesters had lined up behind aggrieved student Jonathan Butler in sympathy, among them more than 30 players on the school’s prestigious football team, all of them calling for the head of the university’s president, Tim Wolfe.
As J.E. Dyer wrote on Nov. 9, the angry mob got its pound of flesh, successfully getting the school to hire as its interim president a career black activist. Soon, student bodies at other schools throughout the country began following Mizzou’s lead, crying “foul” and demanding change at the top.
But where does this all leave Mizzou? Facing a drop in admissions for the fall semester. Talk about your instant karma!
Columbia, Mo., ABC affiliate KQFX reports:
Applications made by incoming freshmen for the coming 2016-2017 school year have decreased noticeably since last year….
[A] memorandum from the Office of Enrollment management addressed to a number of administrators and faculty was sent out on Monday, January 4.
Among the highlights of the report, as of the compilation of this report, 941 fewer freshman had applied to enroll at Mizzou in 2016 compared to 2015. That is an almost 5% decrease year-to-year.
A breakdown of the demographics later in the article notes that admissions from high-ability (ACT of 30 or higher) high school graduates had fallen off by 7.7%, and 94 fewer students had applied to transfer in.
But there’s more: Black applications decreased by 78 from last year, a 19% drop. In short, if you build it, they won’t come.