Evergreen State College is feeling the pressure. The Seattle based school has been facing progressive-on-progressive ire since last year when a professor complained he did not want to leave school on the planned “Day of Absence” last year.
According to an internal memo obtained by The College Fix, the school is facing a dramatic $2.1 million budget shortfall. The main reason for the budget crisis is the 5% drop in student enrollment last year. Many of the students who did not return were out of state students who can pay less for the same studies in-state.
Evergreen is also getting less from cash-strapped state coffers, and because of agreements they made with staff, are forced to pay cost-of-living salary increases, even as they can’t pay their bills.
Unfortunately for Evergreen faculty, that means layoffs. So far, the school has pink-slipped 17 facilities staff members and, this week, announced a hiring freeze.
“Some notices were rescinded as we try to use scarce local dollars to keep people employed,” the memo states. “… However, if the capital budget crisis at the state level continues indefinitely, layoffs will become impossible to avoid.”
“… In a college where 89 percent of the operating budget is in salaries and benefits, it is impossible to reduce the budget by substantial amounts without giving up positions. In anticipation of this, we will soon be announcing a hiring freeze.”
But their main problem probably isn’t a budget impasse in the Washington state legislature; it’s that their existing student body is nothing short of insane, at least when taken collectively.
Last year, students harassed and shouted down Professor Bret Weinstein after he refused to leave campus during a “Day of Absence” program that was supposed to demonstrate the contributions of minorities on campus by mandating that all while faculty, staff, and students stay home. Weinstein was eventually berated off campus and has now filed a lawsuit against the school over what he says is the administration’s failure to protect not only his academic freedom but also his safety.
Another major reason for Evergreens mass exodus of students was in the weeks following Weinstein’s departure, leftist students “took over” the campus, and the school was forced to shut down for several days because of threats of violence. Who would ever allow themselves to be treated this way at a school you pay for. Evergreen deserves what it gets.
H/T Daily Wire