First women’s college to accept transgender guys declares ‘financial emergency’

A small San Francisco Bay-area college is finding out that it’s not always wise to be fashionable and follow the liberal crowd.

Oakland, California’s Mills College, an all-girls school, decided to allow men who self-identify as women into its student body back in 2014 — and it declared itself in a “financial emergency” for its efforts, according to Inside Higher Eduction.

Screenshot of Mills College president Elizabeth Hillman announcing change. Smiling then, crying now.

Mills now finds itself in the unenviable position of laying off 30-35 faculty and staff members and making curriculum changes to meet its shortfall.

It’s operating deficit now stands at more than $9 million — a huge sum when considering Mills has a student body of less than a thousand and the projected deficit represents nearly 16 percent of its $57 million 2017-2018 operating budget.

Inside Higher Education reported:

Under the college bylaws, a declaration of financial emergency can be approved when there is a “need to reorder the college’s financial obligations in such a way as to restore and/or preserve the financial stability of the institution.” Under those bylaws, such a declaration “authorizes Mills to restructure all of its expenses, including staff and faculty salary and other expenses, in pursuit of financial stability.”


Screenshot of the Mills College policy change

“Mills shall not discriminate against applicants whose gender identity does not match their legally assigned sex,” the school’s policy stated in 2014.

So how serious is the crisis? Mills president Elizabeth L. Hillman said that even tenured faculty members are likely to find themselves on the chopping block. Full-time faculty and staff now totals 353, so the layoffs will affect about 10 percent of that number. The 200-plus part-timers won’t be affected.

Within two years of its decision to allow transgender females into its student body, applications to attend Mills dropped by nearly a thousand within two years. In 2013-14, the college had 1,827 applicants; in 2015-16, it had 839.

No one on social media was surprised at this turn of events.

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Hillman announced that “an academic reorganization may be on the table,” which will now include gender and racial justice issues as a part of curriculum designed to meet the financial crisis,.

Yeah, that oughta do it.


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