In response to ‘800 more students jumped ship; who can blame them?’

By Letter to the Editor, by Ron Fleischer

I’m really disappointed with the headline of your editorial this week, which comes off as “click-bait” journalism. Publishing that “800 students jumped ship” is related to retention making it appear as if 800 students who were already enrolled at Columbia had decided to leave the school. This very misleading. The drop in enrollment takes into account the lack of new students and students who have graduated in addition to students who have left the school—for whatever reason. Our declining numbers are certainly a serious issue and I see no point in exploiting this with misleading headlines. I expect more from the Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle, a publication that I’ve read and respected for 16 years.

—Ron Fleischer

Associate professor in Interactive Arts and Media Department