In its latest assault on institutions that fail to adhere to its ideological bent, the Biden administration imposed the largest fine in the history of the U.S. Department of Education on Grand Canyon University (GCU) — a school whose motto is "private, Christian, and affordable." To put that $37.7 million fine to scale, that is 10 times bigger than that levied against schools who covered up some of the worst sex offenders in U.S. history. By any measure, the Phoenix-based GCU is a success story. It has exploded in growth from under 1K students to more than 25K -- offering degrees in every conceivable discipline yet with a tuition increase in over 15 years. It all came to a head in November 2023, when the department assessed a $37.7 million fine against GCU (more than 15x larger than the $2.4 million fine against Penn State University for failing to report the crimes of serial pedophile and football coach Jerry Sandusky and 8 x larger than the $4.5 million fine against Michigan State University when that school refused to address sexual assaults committed by now-disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.
Now I do not know that much about GCU nor of its Lutheran connections but it does seem that the fine imposed is a threat not only against that school but against any and all who dare to defy the US Department of Education and its liberal and progressive agenda and rules. While this may be more of a local issue, the over all picture is how difficult it is and will be in the future for a college or university to extend its independence from the liberal and progressive elite who decide everything from funding to accreditation. They sky is not falling yet but the foundations are cracked.