Iowa Senator, Mark Chelgren (R), proposed a bill to create political diversity among college professors. The bill would implement a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats fell within 10% of each other.
Senator Clegren said that the proposed bill would align with current hiring practices,
“I’m under the understanding that right now they can hire people because of diversity. They want to have people of different thinking, different processes, different expertise. So this would fall right into category with what existing hiring practices are.”
Professors would be able to register as “no-party” and they would not be included in the count. Senator Clegren did not state that he was concerned with liberal bias on college campuses. He did state that he was concerned with extreme views on both sides. Students should be able to have access to this information,
“We have an awful lot of taxpayer dollars that go to support these fine universities,” he said. “(Students) should be able to go to their professors, ask opinions, and they should know publicly whether that professor is a Republican or Democrat or no-party affiliation, and therefore they can expect their answers to be given in as honest a way possible. But they should have the ability to ask questions of professors of different political ideologies.”
One representative from Iowa stated that she believes it is unconstitutional to ask a persons political affiliation when hiring. A major school in the state of Iowa, The University of Iowa, is known for having a strong liberal bias.
The bill would potentially make it so that at schools like the University of Iowa, there would be a fair balance of views among professors. It would create more diversity of thought on college campuses across the state of Iowa.
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(H/t Des Monies Register)