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romanic

(2,841 posts)
Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:52 PM Aug 2016

College Students Protest, Alumniís Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink

“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.

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. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.


Among about 35 small, selective liberal arts colleges belonging to the fund-raising organization Staff, or Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals, that recently reported their initial annual fund results for the 2016 fiscal year, 29 percent were behind 2015 in dollars, and 64 percent were behind in donors, according to a steering committee member, Scott Kleinheksel of Claremont McKenna College in California. His school, which was also the site of protests, had a decline in donor participation but a rise in giving.

At Amherst, the amount of money given by alumni dropped 6.5 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and participation in the alumni fund dropped 1.9 percentage points, to 50.6 percent, the lowest participation rate since 1975, when the college began admitting women, according to the college. The amount raised from big donors decreased significantly. Some of the decline was because of a falloff after two large reunion gifts last year, according to Pete Mackey, a spokesman for Amherst.

At Princeton, where protesters unsuccessfully demanded the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name from university buildings and programs, undergraduate alumni donations dropped 6.6 percent from a record high the year before, and participation dropped 1.9 percentage points, according to the university’s website. A Princeton spokesman, John Cramer, said there was no evidence the drop was connected to campus protests.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/us/college-protests-alumni-donations.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits&_r=3

Very interesting article. I guess colleges really are run like a business, in this case the alumni (or stockholders) pull back when things look awry.
College Students Protest, Alumniís Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink (Original Post) romanic Aug 2016 OP
A lot of these alumni are from a time when Blacks and Women "knew their place". redstatebluegirl Aug 2016 #1
As far as the schools go, they better get this straightened out or they are in for a yeoman6987 Aug 2016 #9
Aw. I know I'm not donating to my college because (a) I gave when I went there and (b) they are Brickbat Aug 2016 #2
How are the fucking up sexual assault investigations? Vattel Aug 2016 #3
It's not following its own policies. Brickbat Aug 2016 #5
Specifcally which policies? Vattel Aug 2016 #12
Baylor? n/t Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2016 #4
No point in guessing... Brickbat Aug 2016 #6
Maybe give some money to public institutions who educate far more people... DemocraticWing Aug 2016 #7
I stopped supporting my old college when the "retirements" began Sen. Walter Sobchak Aug 2016 #8
Chicken or egg? loyalsister Aug 2016 #10
What an odd headline. Photographer Aug 2016 #11
This website is also a business, one that requests no more than 4 paragraphs cited alcibiades_mystery Aug 2016 #13

redstatebluegirl

(12,243 posts)
1. A lot of these alumni are from a time when Blacks and Women "knew their place".
Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:12 PM
Aug 2016

Racism, especially in southern schools is part of what is driving this. I don't know what happened after the fraternity at Oklahoma was closed due to awful racist songs being taught to pledges,but I imagine some of the older alums pulled support.

Many of these donors are from a time when only rich white men went to college. Women stayed home and made dinner and there were few if any Black and Hispanic students on campus. They liked it that way, it was familiar.

Donations were down during the 60's when protest were plentiful against Vietnam and white supremacy.

Hopefully it will come back, because the state and federal funding is drying up at an alarming rate. If not we will be back to only rich white guys going to college, but that is familiar.

 

yeoman6987

(14,449 posts)
9. As far as the schools go, they better get this straightened out or they are in for a
Sun Aug 7, 2016, 01:07 AM
Aug 2016

big hurting. Even though it probably hurt some in the 60's when donations dropped, it didn't cost near what it does to run a university today. The Ivy's probably can survive this but those liberal arts colleges will have to close if this doesn't change soon. It'd be interesting to know how many colleges are closing this year compared to those opening.

Brickbat

(19,339 posts)
2. Aw. I know I'm not donating to my college because (a) I gave when I went there and (b) they are
Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:31 PM
Aug 2016

fucking up sexual assault investigations. To their credit, they're working on it. But it will be some time before I open my wallet again to give anything but tuition, room and board.

DemocraticWing

(1,290 posts)
7. Maybe give some money to public institutions who educate far more people...
Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:48 PM
Aug 2016

Oh wait, we the people aren't deserving of attention. The squabbles of the wealthy elite on their private college campuses are the only narrative that matters to the media.

 

Sen. Walter Sobchak

(8,692 posts)
8. I stopped supporting my old college when the "retirements" began
Sat Aug 6, 2016, 11:28 PM
Aug 2016

Excellent faculty "retiring" and being replaced by young purveyors of trendy nonsense along with a construction spree of unneeded and mostly empty buildings turned me off.

There was also an organized boycott because of some Israel nonsense and previously because of the firing of a professor over what was obviously a false allegation.

loyalsister

(13,390 posts)
10. Chicken or egg?
Sun Aug 7, 2016, 01:28 AM
Aug 2016

I and many of my fellow alumni stopped supporting the AA, not after protests. After we discovered the racism and misogyny coming from the chancellor and university system president. I wonder if some people pulled their donations from Princeton after they learned what a racist Woodrow Wilson was. It wasn't common knowledge when many of us were in college.

http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2016/2/15/mu-alumni-pull-2-million-donations-after-campus-te/

 

Photographer

(1,142 posts)
11. What an odd headline.
Sun Aug 7, 2016, 01:39 AM
Aug 2016

I didn't bother with the attached text as the headline made no sense to me. But that may have been my own bit of dense.

 

alcibiades_mystery

(36,437 posts)
13. This website is also a business, one that requests no more than 4 paragraphs cited
Sun Aug 7, 2016, 10:26 PM
Aug 2016

to help it steer clear of legal trouble.

So, why post six?

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