DeSantis makes big changes to liberal New College of Florida

 January 9, 2023

The Daily Caller reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is making some big changes to the New College of Florida. 

"Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his plan to overhaul the ideological education system at New College of Florida (NCF) and restore its original mission," the outlet reports.

About NCF

For those unfamiliar with NCF, it is a small liberal arts college of about 700 students that is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is also one of America's top public colleges coming in at number five on the U.S. News and World Report.

Like most other schools these days, NCF has adopted the progressive ideology. This, perhaps, is evidenced by the fact that, under its list of values, the top value listed is "a just, diverse, equitable, and inclusive community."

The school's website reads:

New College is on an ongoing journey to become a place where people can experience a sense of belonging and exist in their fullness no matter their human attributes. We seek a balance between recognizing and celebrating difference, respectfully supporting each other’s growth, and ensuring that historically marginalized and oppressed groups are not experiencing trauma and harm.

The school adds, "New College values equity and is actively working toward eliminating outcome disparities for underrepresented and underserved groups."

Accordingly, it will not be surprising for the reader to learn that NCF has programs that focus on indoctrinating students with left-wing ideas about race, gender, and climate change.

DeSantis changes things up

DeSantis recently announced some changes to NCF that are designed to move the school away from the progressive ideology that it has adopted.

According to Daily Caller:

DeSantis will appoint six new members of NCF’s board of trustees: activist Chris Rufo, Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Dr. Matthew Spalding, Dr. Charles Kesler, lawyer Debra Jenks and educator Jason “Eddie” Speir. The Florida Board of Governors will also appoint a seventh member.

DeSantis here, according to  Fox News, is looking to "shift the university to a classical liberal arts model, restructure the administration and mission statement, create a new core curriculum and academic master plan."

Fox further states that DeSantis wants to:

[A]bolish "diversity, equity, and inclusion" and replace it with "equality, merit, and colorblindness," restructure the academic departments to reflect the new pedagogical approach, hire new faculty with expertise in constitutionalism, free enterprise, civic virtue, family life, religious freedom, and American principles Establish a graduate school for training teachers in classical education.

DeSantis's hope is that the appointments will be able to help make this happen.


This is all in line with other moves by DeSantis in the area of education. He, for example, is requiring state universities to report the resources that they use to push such goals as "diversity" and "equity."

DeSantis has been one of the strongest governors in terms of taking action against the left wing's education agenda.

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