A small liberal arts college in Michigan is missing from the Department of Education's latest College Scorecard listings — and a provost at the school believes its conservative ideology may be the reason.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal
, David Whalen, provost and a professor of English at Hillsdale College, says according to the federal government, the school, founded in 1844, "doesn't exist."
"You won't find it on the scorecard by exploring programs the school offers — a four-year degree in history, for instance — or through the advanced-search function. Even punching in the ZIP Code yields no trace."
Whalen believes one explanation could be that college doesn't accept "any form of taxpayer assistance." Nor does it participate in Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which require institutions to track and report racial demographics.
Another possibility that Whalen calls "less charitable" is that the Obama administration's Education Department "wants to avoid informing parents and high-school students about a college that is known for its conservative outlook and its emphasis on a classical liberal-arts education."
Whalen adds: "If the Education Department means to create a useful website, then it should include all four-year colleges, not just the government's financial dependents."
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