Liberal School Seeking to Recruit Conservative Students


October 3, 2017 11:17 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Warren Wilson College, a school known for attracting liberal students, is seeking to recruit conservative students in effort to broaden [their] appeal to those with all kinds of worldviews. Other college and university leaders claim that the 2016 election serves as inspiration for this initiative and they are also fearful that their institutions are disconnected from conservatives who make up a majority in much of the country.

Warren Wilson College, a school known for attracting liberal students, is seeking to recruit conservative students in effort to "broaden [their] appeal to those with all kinds of worldviews." Other college and university leaders claim that the 2016 election serves as inspiration for this initiative and they are also fearful that "their institutions are disconnected from conservatives who make up a majority in much of the country."

President of Warren Wilson College, Lynn Morton is concerned with "the impact on all students of not having enough people around who may challenge their view." According to a recent survey at the college, only 23 percent of its college seniors have had conversations with people of differing political views than their own. While she believes that "there is no need for us to apologize for being a place known as welcoming to LGBT students, or concerned about human rights or sustainability," "conservative perspectives should also be viewed as an asset in interactions inside and outside the classroom."

Although the college won't add a question to their application form, they have public discussions on the issue and are more actively recruiting students from rural high schools in the counties that tend to have more conservative families. They are also emphasizing specific programs, such as their music program - which has a traditional music concentration - to appeal to students who have known "fiddling, clogging, bluegrass, banjo and more” from a young age.

Not everyone is comfortable with the new recruitment effort, including some alumni who are "proud of the college's progressive reputation;" especially when conservative speakers are invited to visit the campus. Nonetheless, Morton belies it's a "good opportunity to talk about the issues...a chance to have another perspective for students to hear, regardless of whether they agree."

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Anonymous L.  on  10/17/2017 2:39:37 PM commented:

I agree with the person who said that conservative students would be "used and abused" in this environment. Liberal students don't want to hear any other views other than their own; look at how they deal with speakers at their schools that are conservative. I mean the colleges themselves don't make the student respect speakers with opposing viewpoints. The students run the colleges now, not the administration. Don't know that I would want my grandson going to this school just for this reason.

Alison  on  10/16/2017 12:01:24 PM commented:

Does anyone else see this merely as a way of recruiting “money” rather than anything to do with political views?

Kirill Neko  on  10/11/2017 12:05:46 AM commented:

Too late, mates. Culture is shifting right.

Thomas  on  10/5/2017 7:35:21 AM commented:

That is incredible! Finally someone is recognizing that political diversity is as important as socioeconomic, geographic, and many other forms of diversity. Conservative political views are underrepresented on nearly all college campuses, and I'm glad someone is doing something about it.

Jazmin P  on  10/4/2017 8:55:43 PM commented:

They’re only recruiting conservative students to further brainwash the youth!

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Larkin  on  10/3/2017 8:19:44 PM commented:

Unbelievable!

Denise D  on  10/3/2017 7:35:03 PM commented:

No way would I feel my daughter would be safe among this population. She would be used and abused and made a mockery for the sole purpose of entertainment! The Left appears to have developed a mental illness in how they treat those who disagree with their views.

Geoffrey R.  on  10/3/2017 6:30:47 PM commented:

What about Independent students, students who don't gravitate towards either political party and view both as ignorant to a degree?

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