The chaos that took place after leftist students overran the campus of Evergreen State College during their annual “Day of Absence” has led to an absence of some students for the new academic year.
In an email obtained by The College Fix, the small college in Olympia, Washington is facing a $2.1 million budget shortfall from a drop in enrollment. The college has already started handing out temporary layoff notices to employees in order to offset the budget and clean up the books.
The memo sent out on Aug. 28, titled “Enrollment and Budget Update,” indicates that 2017-18 enrollment is down by five percent from the previous year for the school. Enrollment went from 3,922 students to 3,713. However, a majority of the drop-off came from non-resident students, who pay more in tuition than resident students, so the budget took a bigger hit than normal.
“This creates the need for significant budget cuts in the immediate future,” the memo read, noting that, so far, 17 staff members were given temporary layoff notices. “Some notices were rescinded as we try to use scarce local dollars to keep people employed. […] However, if the capital budget crisis at the state level continues indefinitely, layoffs will become impossible to avoid.”
In June following the protests on campus, Washington State Rep. Matt Manweller (R) introduced a bill that would phase out public funding for Evergreen State and eventually turn it into a private college.
“At the end of the day, we the Legislature and the people have to speak up and say, ‘We are not going to contribute our taxpayer dollars to a college that wants to re-institute a Jim Crow approach to education and segregation,” Manweller said. “When you cross the line and start attacking a Jewish professor when you cross the line and you start telling white people or anybody based on their skin color that they can’t come to school, that violates our anti-discrimination laws.”
Evergreen State College President George Bridges admitted there had been a drop in enrollment. With this leaked memo, we now have actual numbers of students who dropped off. The events at Evergreen State are similar to the 2015 protests at the University of Missouri, which is now suffering major long-term consequences where enrollment has dropped, dorms were closed, and hundreds of staff members laid off.