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Grove City College Promises It’s Not Woke

April 21, 2022

Grove City College launched a special inquiry earlier this year into whether it’s suffering from mission drift, in response to backlash regarding its diversity work. One specific concern of parents and alumni was that a new education elective taught by one of the campus’s only Black scholars, which included the book How to Be an Antiracist on its syllabus, was promoting critical race theory. (The class was not about critical race theory.)

Grove City’s inquiry is now complete, and the college says it “has not changed. It remains a Christ-centered, conservative institution. GCC’s [Board of Trustees] and president are firmly committed to its historic vision, mission, values, and character.” The special committee that wrote the report recommended that EDU 290, the class in question, be redesigned and that the college restore the word “conservative” in its vision statement, among other changes. The full report is available here.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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