Conservatives value education as much as any other group. That said, university campuses in many cases become progressive indoctrination camps, especially private liberal arts institutions. Sadly they are becoming more ideological rigid by the day. Pity the poor kid who dares question any tenets of that faith. They may as well see and A to their shirt, and if they are lucky. At some schools, conservatives were followed and threatened by groups armed with baseball bats.
Universities treat conservatives as heretics. If you are not silent, you cannot feel safe.