An annual survey of first-year students suggests that colleges and universities across America are experiencing a rise in student activism over the past year, and with that an increase in liberal intolerance.
Students’ interest in political and civic engagement has reached the highest levels since the study began 50 years ago, said the report of the survey of 141,189 full-time, first-year students from around the U.S. held by the Higher Education Research Institute at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
The survey, which is part of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, found that nearly 1 in 10 incoming first-year students expects to participate in student protests while in college, marking an increase of 2.9 percentage points over the 2014 survey.
“Student activism seems to be experiencing a revival, and last fall’s incoming freshman class appears more likely than any before it to take advantage of opportunities to participate in this part of the political process,” said Kevin Eagan, director of CIRP. “We observed substantial gains in students’ interest in political and community engagement across nearly every item on the survey related to these issues.”
The rates of increase vary considerably by race or ethnicity, the survey said.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post