New College student departures spike following conservative shift

As enrollment rises at New College of Florida, reported new numbers point to a significant change in the makeup of its student body.

More than a fourth of the students who were attending the school last fall have left — about twice the normal percentage who departed in recent years, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Thursday.

The newspaper cited a new report sent to faculty by Interim Provost Bradley Thiessen. It follows a similar assessment by Thiessen in July that a “ridiculously high” number of New College faculty had left over the last year.

Both reports follow this year’s push by Gov. Ron DeSantis to revamp New College as part of a broader set

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