What? “Woke” campus faces grubby money woes?

From Patti Zarling at Education Drive:

Colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are seeing a drop in enrollment in recent years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment dropped by 4% from 2010 to 2014 in degree-granting institutions, and the agency says that from 2014 to 2025 the number of students under age 25 enrolling in college will jump 13 percent, compared with 18 percent for students 25 or older as the size of high school graduating classes grows smaller.

That means higher ed institutions likely will see a dip in income. In Oberlin’s case, a group of trustees tasked with examining finances found the prestigious school relies too heavily on cash from gifts, and does not presently draw enough funding from charging students for tuition or room and board. More.

Reality check: But maybe Oberlin isn’t teaching skills the world needs. Anyone remember the Oberlin Klan hoax of 2013?

The College Fix reported on Monday that Oberlin College, once named the 3rd “most liberal college in America,” was shocked by an alleged sighting of a “KKK figure,” wearing a robe and hood on campus.

Although there were no cell phone pictures or videos to corroborate the story, the “KKK figure” was reportedly spotted by someone in the early morning hours near the college’s African Heritage House.

Oberlin officials immediately cancelled all classes after hearing news of the alleged sighting.

Which turned out to be someone wearing a blanket.

If it really is hard to get people to pay to learn how to be useless and helpless, perhaps there’s hope after all.

See also:
An elegant whine against taxing endowments

  • Hard Little Machine

    There is always an opportunity to raise prices. What good is being super liberal if you can’t be exclusive while admitting enough minorities, illegal aliens, trans, etc to put on a good show? Seriously, Oberlin should increase their prices 10%. That’s only $6,000 a year well within the price price point of liberals. I know two alumni. Both men both legacy both from money both married to high powered lawyers and neither has worked a day in their lives.

  • Frances

    This type of idiocy is why we’re taking a hard look as to where to steer the grandbrats, which is going to be a long-term project given the eldest is in Grade 1. We are first-generation uni grads and our offsprings all have degrees; albeit in marketable areas (Grade 12, they all wanted to be actors; our response was simply “and how do you plan to feed yourself?” They took the hint, though one offspring does occasionally try out for amateur productions and occasionally gets cast.). As it looks these days, the local polytechnique could well be the way to go, particularly in engineering-related trades.

  • David Murrell

    The private, “liberal arts” universities — especially the smaller ones located in small towns in rural areas — are in danger of folding over the long term. First, there is an aging demographic. Second, there is the utter uselessness of a liberal arts degree. Third, with the increased political correctness at universities, any sane young person will major in a STEM field at a larger university, and refuse to take any liberal arts or social science courses.