Freshmen enrollment down 50 percent
Freshmen enrollment at Evergreen State College has plummeted since the controversial “Day of Absence” in May 2017. Mike Paros, professor of biological and environmental science, authored a post for the Heterodox Academy stating that less than 300 freshmen are expected to attend the school this fall, a decrease of 50 percent from two years ago.
Campus officials have yet to release any official fall 2018 enrollment numbers.
Paros’ post states that the college is publicly funded for a student population of 4,200. This coming year, the total student population is around 2,800, he writes.
Evergreen made headlines in May 2017 when biology professor Bret Weinstein drew student protests and threats of violence for refusing to leave campus on the “Day of Absence.” Weinstein had told the director of a campus multicultural office via an email that he was not leaving campus on a day when white students and faculty were asked to voluntarily leave campus.
The day was a reversal of previous days of absence during which nonwhite students and faculty left campus to demonstrate their value to the campus and remaining whites participated in anti-racism workshops.
Weinstein was surrounded by a student mob and yelled at for refusing to participate, with the crowd chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Bret Weinstein’s got to go.”
Weinstein was forced to hold class off campus because he was told that campus police could not protect him.
Earlier this year, Evergreen president George Bridges predicted a 20 percent drop in enrollment. According to Paros, the numbers are far worse.
Paros also wrote he was the only Evergreen professor to speak out in support of Weinstein.
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