This op-ed piece by a college admissions consultant suggests that publicized politicization of campus life is not good for business, affecting both applications and alumni willingness to fork over contributions:
In 18 years of in-the-trenches experience counseling kids on their college choices, I've never seen the unhappiness as widespread as it is today. If colleges don't tone down the politics, and figure out how to control ballooning costs, they run the risk of turning off enough American consumers that many campuses could marginalize themselves right out of existence.
Colleges are having an ever-harder time making what they do comprehensible to the families footing the bills. I counsel families of all political stripes -- liberal, conservative and in-between -- and varied income levels, but they all agree on one thing: the overly politicized atmosphere on campuses is distracting colleges from providing a solid education to our young people.
Why students should start their life out in debt, parents should postpone retirement, or alumni contribute hard-earned cash so that students can listen to the Ward Churchills of the world, is a puzzlement.
There's only a little old man behind the curtain.