Ron DeSantis vows to strip accreditation from colleges with DEI programs

DeSantis DEI forum
'These accreditors are all trying to create the types of universities that we object to as conservative.'

If elected President, Ron DeSantis is promising big changes to American higher education, including moves to “totally blow up the accreditation cartel.”

During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, DeSantis said embracing “alternative accreditors” would allow for social justice initiatives embraced by universities to be scuttled.

“It’s going to be, instead of you have to have gender studies or you have to have (diversity, equity and inclusion) to get accredited, it will be the opposite. We’re not going to accredit you if you have DEI and some of these other things,” the graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School said.

DeSantis complained that the accreditors strive to enforce a liberal orthodoxy.

“Part of the reason universities operate the way they are is because they need to get accredited and these accreditors are all trying to create the types of universities that we object to as conservatives,” DeSantis explained.

DeSantis also said reforms at Florida’s New College, where a conservative board installed former House Speaker Richard Corcoran as President, can be seen as a template for what is to come.

“That is going to create, I think, an opportunity for a lot of innovation in higher ed,” DeSantis said. “And what we’ve seen in New College, just by saying, I mean, basically we came in (with a) new President. They got rid of things like (critical race theory), they abolished the gender studies department, they rebranded the university as being the best classical publicly funded liberal arts college.”

“And it’s modeled after Hillsdale College, the number of parents across this country who are interested in applying is unbelievable and they were struggling to get applications,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis has suggested that DEI initiatives should be targeted by the federal Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and has pledged to remove them from the military, so higher education is just another battlefield in a larger war for the Governor.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Father David Patterson

    October 4, 2023 at 10:19 am

    May the Good Lord relieve Mr. DeSantis of his burden of life, release his soul from his earth bound body, and send him to his creator below.

    In Jesus name,

    • My Take

      October 4, 2023 at 10:33 am

      Bathed in the boiling brimstone.

    • Sandra Price

      October 4, 2023 at 4:49 pm


      • Justice

        October 5, 2023 at 12:38 pm

        I can’t find me a better prayer,Amen.

    • TarynM

      October 4, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      Praise God. And Amen

    • Christine H Howe

      October 5, 2023 at 7:55 am


    • M Alexander

      October 5, 2023 at 7:59 am

      I would be satisfied with an early retirement.

    • Harold Filliez

      October 5, 2023 at 9:48 am


    • Mildred Fontanez

      October 5, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      This person is stating that he wants to see DeSantis dead!!! How can he even be allowed to say such things in a public forum? Florida Politics should be banned for writing such things!!! To put the Lord’s name to such a statement makes it even worse!!!

      • Father David Patterson

        October 9, 2023 at 9:00 pm

        Dear Heavenly Father, please take Mildred Fontanez from this earth and send her to the lake of fire to be with her Father below. In Jesus name, Amen.

  • My Take

    October 4, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Fortunately he will never be president.
    His best chance was being Trump’s VP, Trump’s winning, then failing medically.

  • My Take

    October 4, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Florida’s unique honors college made mediocre.

    • James Wilson

      October 15, 2023 at 9:51 am

      DeSantis wants to replace scholars with jocks. That should tank ACT and SAT scores. DeSantis and Trump are entirely focused on destroying. They have never created anything, except chaos and MAGA cultists.

  • Earl Pitts "Not The Next Speaker Of The House" American

    October 4, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Good mornting America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, am often asked, “Earl why do the heathens rage so much over the evil side or the good side having control over our Great Nation’s Educational System”?
    And I inform the questioner(s) that they already know that the perversion of our young minds of mush befor maturity is how the wicked, heathen, evil leftists have been able to corrupt our Great Nation so far, to the extent that they have, and they will not relinquish their death grip on our precious youngsters without a good ‘Ole Earl Pitts American size 13 wingtip kick to the 8uttox.
    Thank you America,

    • JD

      October 5, 2023 at 9:26 am

      STFU Shitts

    • James Wilson

      October 15, 2023 at 9:54 am

      You seem certain to be the next Speaker of the House as the GOP devolves before our eyes into its lowest common denominator.

  • Nancy

    October 4, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Wow. What a small minded small ego threatened white nationalist. May he take his fascist views and go to Cuba

    • Earl Pitts "Earl likes Hot MlLFs" American

      October 4, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you Nancy,
      I’ve been looking for another contraian wacky leftist poster to follow-up my supream knowledge drop posts of great wisdom. Your job will be to make me look great to my fan-base by chiming in with some wackey off-the-wall contrarian left leaning sillyness. And just keep in mind your main job is to draw attention to me, your boss, Earl Pitts American, and make me appear more smart and educated than I really am.
      Thank you for applying and you are hired. Welcome aboard Nancy!!!

      • James Wilson

        October 4, 2023 at 10:30 pm

        I seriously doubt you will appear to be more educated than you actually are.

      • JD

        October 5, 2023 at 9:26 am

        STFU Shitts

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 4, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      DeSantis should shoot for VP of Hungary where Viktor Orban has done the hard work already of stripping away most of the democratic apparatus.

  • PeterH

    October 4, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Lucky for American academia …..wingnut Ron DeSantis will never be president of our great country!

  • Ray Calvert

    October 4, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    I was involved in college accreditation through SACS for 14 years. I am a registered Republican. I have been with the accreditation process for over 30 colleges. I can say for certaintht the governor does not know what is talking about. SACS accreditation principles do not prescribe, emphasize, require any particular ideology. The purpose is completely to hold colleges accountable to provide students at colleges throughout the South with academic programs that ensure a continuous process of planning, assessment and improvement. The governor’s comments are misinformed and misleading.

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 4, 2023 at 9:22 pm

      Before it’s over Ron will have created his own accrediting agency and most Florida grads will be above average.

      • James Wilson

        October 4, 2023 at 10:33 pm

        Ron brought in conservative athletes to New College. What did that do to the test scores of their student body?

    • Ryan M

      October 5, 2023 at 11:06 am

      Ray, well said.
      I too worked in the non-for-profit education world for a number of years. I helped nearly 200 graduate students enroll in the program that best fit their professional goals. Your statement about regional accreditation is 100% accurate.
      Ron DeSantis seems to be Fascist, determined to turn the state of Florida, and later the US Government into a facsimile of the government portrayed in the move V for Vendetta from 2005.

  • Maria Jonathan

    October 4, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    You will never win you already screwed Florida over taking out many programs and unemployment benefits and many other things so I would hope and pray that you will not win. Trust and believe my prays won’t go unanswered, I recall emailing your people so that i can make an appointment with you to talk aabout the homeless and I never ever got a response.

    • James Wilson

      October 15, 2023 at 9:59 am

      The homeless mean nothing to Ron, unless a photo op—like undernourished kids or people without medical care. He only values donors, yet we are stuck with him for four more years by voters in the Confederate State of Florida.

  • Richard Perkins

    October 4, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    I suppose he wants to get rid of all social work education in this nation too, considering DEI is like 90% of the profession’s mandate. Maybe CSWE should start stripping accreditation from all Florida social work schools…

  • Michael K

    October 11, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Why doesn’t Ron have the courage to simply come out as a white supremacist? That’s basically his position to get the ultra-MAGA votes to propel his failing personal political ambition.

    Have to wonder what happened to him in College that has made him so angry, bitter, and spiteful.

    • James Wilson

      October 15, 2023 at 10:03 am

      Well, he actually got good grades, so I suspect it is a character flaw. Trump got lousy grades at Penn, which is why he hates educated people. Both cannot see beyond their grievances, as is true of their MAGA base. Four more years thanks to Florida voters—under our Fourth Reich.

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