10/06/2034 6:20 AM ET

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Another Christian College Shuts Its Doors

Georgia Caine
Deputy Editor, Education

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Bourneville University - soon to close.
Yesterday, it was reported that Ohio's third largest privately funded college, Bourneville University, is closing.
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The college was established in 1851 by Baptists who migrating from Georgia, and retained a strongly conservative Christian doctrine.

A statement issued by university President Tom Tyler cited among other things, "budgetary pressures brought on by a secular government hostile to religious freedom," and "a guerrilla insurgency against Christian educational institutions by accrediting organizations".

President Stader has repeatedly expressed his administration's strong position on non-discrimination and called upon schools and colleges of a religious nature to move away from intolerant policies. The federal government has had a zero tolerance approach to harassment and discrimination in federal departments, agencies, programs and institutions since 2024's Kaley's law, the scope of which President Stader has expanded twice.

In 2032, President Stader issued a statement declaring that "under the spirit of non-harassment evident in the Higher Education Act", the federal government was redirecting Title IV funds away from schools still engaged in discriminatory and harassing speech.

Such speech could include policies and positions used to target members of different races/cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation/s, human/non-human identities, physical and mental impairments, ages or religions/creeds, without limiting any other potentially affected people or groups.

Since 2021, seventeen states (including Ohio) have also enacted laws which enable them to refuse aid to students intending to enrol at higher education institutions which practice discrimination.

The trend of divesting from bigoted educational institutions has paved the way for many religiously oriented schools and universities to seek alternative sources of funding for students in need of financial assistance.

Bourneville was known to be struggling financially to sustain itself under this new model. It was also beset by conflict with the Higher Learning Commission, which two years ago found itself under pressure from the U.S. Department of Education to limit accreditation to schools not in violation of the spirit of Kaley's law.

Several schools are known to be considering a class action lawsuit against HLC after having lost accreditation.

These changes have most notably affected Christian schools and universities like Bourneville, whose enrolments have dropped 40% in the past two years. This figure is roughly in line with other midwestern universities which identify with Christian beliefs.

Bourneville's closure follows last month's announcement by C. Jennings Smith University and Virginia Southern Appalachian Christian University that each would be closing at the end of this school year. Twenty-two Protestant colleges had announced their closure this year before Bourneville's announcement.

In a July 2032 speech in Los Angeles, Pope Innocent urged Catholic schools and universities to "be obedient to the loving spirit of compassion and tolerance demonstrated" by Jesus in adopting changes in line with the eradication of hate speech from their campuses.

Students at scores of religiously oriented colleges protested the loss of Title IV eligibility two years ago, clashing with progressive student organizations in conflicts that often became bloody.
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