U. of Colorado regents approve study of school's perceived liberal bias
- An independent climate survey measuring whether the University of Colorado respects political diversity was approved Thursday by the school's board of regents following testimony about whether a liberal bias exists at the university.
- The school plans to take bids from nonpartisan groups interested in conducting the $100,000 study, which will take place on all campuses in the coming school year and also measure forms of diversity including race, gender and sexual orientation.
- Consideration of an additional resolution amending regent laws to prohibit discrimination based on political affiliation or philosophies was postponed until it could be evaluated by the board's law and policy committee.
From the article:
... Mark Bauerlein, a professor from Emory University who has described himself as an "educational conservative," addressed the board via videoconference to share his experience when he took a one-year leave of absence to teach at CU.
Bauerlein said he met with the chair of the English department, who, he said, told him that people regarded him as nothing but a "polemicist." The loaded term, Bauerlein said, is unfair because it insinuates that he couldn't be trusted in the classroom or wouldn't be fair to students. However, Bauerlein said he had "very strong support" from Chancellor Phil DiStefano and President Bruce Benson. ...
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