Are students becoming increasingly hesitant to engage in discourse?

Are students becoming increasingly hesitant to engage in discourse?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a survey from Heterdox Academy found that 60% of students were hesitant to talk with classmates and professors about certain issues in the six weeks leading up to the 2020 election. This hesitancy differed based on the student’s own political affiliation. For example, 46% of republican students felt reluctant to speak about the election vs. only 23% of democratic students.

The takeaway? How do we not silent discourse on our campuses? And more than that, how do we make sure that our campuses are an integral place where students learn how to considerately debate, disagree, and learn – not shy away from it altogether?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.