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Indiana colleges urged to prioritize student concerns

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Amid a nationwide decline in college enrollment, schools and policymakers are being urged to prioritize student concerns, especially in conservative states like Indiana.
Findings from a new Gallup poll show college students want to be able to talk about different topics and viewpoints, rather than limiting what professors can teach. Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation released the poll jointly with Gallup.
Courtney Brown, vice president of impact and planning for Lumina Foundation, said across various demographics – age groups, genders and political affiliations – there are some common themes.
“What we found across the board is that students want to attend an institution in a state that has more restrictive policies regarding guns on campuses, and less restrictive policies on reproductive rights and teaching certain viewpoints or divisive topics,” Brown said.
Brown added it’s important for schools to create environments that prioritize safety, inclusivity and academic freedoms. In the poll, 76% of respondents said state legislation that restricts discussion of “divisive topics” would be a factor in their choice of where to enroll.
The poll focused on people who started their college journeys and didn’t graduate, but are considering going back to school. A majority said their top priorities are cost, flexibility and quality of education. But Brown noted they are also weighing issues like guns on campus, reproductive healthcare and states’ restrictions on curriculum, to ensure they’d feel comfortable with their college choice.
“Many students don’t get the opportunity to leave their state. If their states have laws and policies that are counter to what the student wants, this can create some problems. Either the student isn’t going to attend, or they’re going to feel uncomfortable attending and they may not stay,” she continued.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ended affirmative action is still reverberating. About three-quarters of Asian respondents and just over half of Black respondents polled said that decision will influence where they decide to pursue their degree.

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Charles U Farley April 15, 2024 at 9:07 am

“What we found across the board is that students want to attend an institution in a state that has more restrictive policies regarding guns on campuses, and less restrictive policies on reproductive rights and teaching certain viewpoints or divisive topics,”

Sorry, not buying it. Declining enrollment has a lot more to do with skyrocketing costs (due to government involvement) and stupid woke curriculum (due to leftists running the institutions).

This is a cherry picked poll to prop up a failing narrative. Go look at the Lumina Foundation’s site, they helpfully show pictures of all their staff so you can see the demographics at work. If that’s too subtle, be sure to check out the “Our Work” page for this whopper of a quote in the sidebar:

“THE PROMISE WE MAKE
Commitment to strategies that prioritize racial justice”

Lumina Foundation’s poll is worth less than nothing.

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