Thursday, December 04, 2003

Colorado update 

Prof. Jim Weber sends me this article (subscribers only) updating the debate over viewpoint diversity in hiring on Colorado public university campuses.
Worried that students and faculty members with conservative views face "hostile" academic environments at Colorado's public colleges, the president of the state's Senate sent letters this month asking the leaders of all 29 institutions to detail their policies on protecting academic freedom.

In his letters, State Sen. John Andrews, a Republican, asked the presidents to explain their antidiscrimination rules, their processes for handling complaints about bias, and the steps they are taking to promote "intellectual diversity" in classes and in faculty recruiting. Mr. Andrews also asked whether faculty-evaluation forms allow students to report perceived bias against certain ideologies.