‘An Existential Threat to American Higher Education’
Illustration: The Atlantic
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed six new members to the board of New College of Florida earlier this year, giving the oversight panel of the public liberal-arts college in Sarasota a decidedly right-wing bent, there was no ambiguity in the message being sent.
This year has quickly become a defining moment for American higher education, one that will decide whom institutions admit, who will teach those students, and what those professors can teach.