Why Do People Still Donate to Universities?

There was rare good news this month. On August 4, The New York Times published a front-page article headlined, “College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink.”

According to The Times, some college alumni are awakening to the fact that their beloved alma maters are nothing like the decent, open, tolerant, committed-to-learning places they remember. Rather, nearly every college and university in America has become the least open, the least tolerant, the most hate-filled and the most anti-American (and, of course, anti-Israel) mainstream institution in America.

As stated in the article: “Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics.”

  • Martin B

    Pull the plug. It’s the right thing to do.

    • It’s the humane thing to do.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Yes, a good swift kick in the wallet can really bring reality into focus.

    • Clinton

      Unfortunately, while alumni are beginning to see the light and
      close their wallets, government is increasingly becoming a
      major source of revenue for academia– whether it’s research
      grants, Pell grants, etc. Sadly, government seems to have an
      insatiable appetite for the nuttiest sorts of identity politics.

      If government agrees to underwrite ‘free’ college education,
      expect the decline in higher education to really pick up speed.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Bring all institutions of higher learning under the consumer protection laws. The deans and administrators would look foolish in pleading for exceptions.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Great idea.

  • If it’s bad now, imagine how it’s gonna be if Hillary beings in free University education. It will further depreciate the value of higher education, nobody will have to work or sacrifice for it and every riff-raff dick-head with nothing better to do with their lives will enroll. A certificate from a part-time community college in Haiti will have more value than a PhD from Harvard.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It’s the concepts of opportunity cost and diminishing returns.

  • Wil Edukaded

    Cuz thay gots a gud edukashum frum thair skool just like mee an wanna pay bak the skool sew wee kan all bee just ass wil edukaded all thru out tha cuntry!!!

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Your post made me remember the words of some imbecile, many years ago, that was “dreaming” of a day when all inner city youth could attend Harvard.
      Then Harvard would look like Compton and the vibrance could REALLY kick into high gear.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        When I went back to school I looked at the list of scholarships and bursaries available.
        The idea thirty years ago was that good grades would merit a hand up.
        Now, it’s all identity based.
        It’s sickening.
        And even though my wife is Metis, and my kids are Metis, I got no special consideration for that given I am a straight white guy.

        • Frances

          Dance – consider you and the kids lucky. They will do much better if they’re not wearing an “identity” about their necks. Have a very good suspicion there’s a lot of Cree in my spouse’s background, but we’ve never gone there. Spouse has been mistaken for native Indian on occasion, and some family photos look as if the subjects came straight off the reserve. The offsprings know theirs is an interesting heritage, but they are moving on without the asterisk which too often comes with these identities.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Today’s snowflakes would not last a semester of what I underwent at university. Of course, back then you had to be literate to graduate high school, too. Today’s average university grad reads at a Grade 9 level, at best, STEM grads excepted. Seriously…..

    • Alain

      Amen to that.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      STEMs are on a bit of a slippery slope given they have to take some rubber courses in the humanities to ’round them out’.
      I’ve also met more than my fair share of atheist, warmist or socialist engineers.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        There’s a microbiologist up at SFU who’s practically chaining herself to trees trying to stop the new pipeline. She should of course content herself with her field of expertise, busy herself in her (tax payer funded) lab and leave pipelines to those who understand them. But no, the lure of “activism” afflicts even the STEM faculties.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Perhaps it is that the crazoids STAND OUT from their STEM colleagues more than the crazoids among the “Studies” crowd.

      • Frances

        Dance – been there, did that. All science majors had to take non-science courses, and all arts majors had to take science courses. The problem was that, while the arts kids could take “rocks for jocks” and “bits for twits”, in which courses there were no science students, there was no non-science equivalent for the science students. We had to take courses – and compete for grades – in arts courses which were designed for arts majors, many of whom were our classmates. Not so for arts students: lab courses were considered too rigorous for those precious flowers, so they just had to attend lectures. Though, to be fair, two of our offsprings – in the school of management – did do the “rocks for jocks” course. And one was asked, “Are you a relation of …?” The answer was yes.