- Colleges as Political Playthings - Part 2
- Facing legislative pressure, South Carolina Upstate calls off lesbian humor performance
- College of Charleston's next president is politician with Confederate sympathies; faculty and students aren't happy
- After abrupt cut, Purdue faculty call for restoration of common reading program
- Colleges as Political Playthings - Pt. 5: Being Nicer to Your Toys
The South Carolina House of Representatives on Monday twice refused to reverse a $52,000 cut to the College of Charleston's budget -- a cut added by a legislative committee to punish the college for assigning Fun Home, a well regarded memoir by a lesbian, to freshmen, the Associated Press reported. Lawmakers said that they wanted to send a message about the selection of the book.
The college responded to questions from Inside Higher Ed about the vote by releasing this statement from President P. George Benson: "Any university education must include the opportunity for students to engage controversial ideas. Our students are adults, and we will treat them as such at the College of Charleston. As one of the oldest universities in the United States, the College of Charleston is committed to the principle of academic freedom. Faculty, not politicians, ultimately must decide what textbooks are selected and how those materials are taught. Any legislative attempt to tie institutional funding to what books are taught, or who teaches them, threatens the credibility and reputation of all South Carolina public universities."
Search for Jobs
Popular Job Categories