Well, this is an interesting approach.
No doubt, the nation’s universities have a problem with diversity, in that the professors all tend to tilt maddeningly left.
It is through our colleges that our youth are being indoctrinated into the liberal cabal.
A Republican Iowa senator wants to find some solutions to that particular problem.
The senator, Mark Chelgren (R), filed legislation over the weekend that would require Iowa’s state board of regents to consider a potential faculty member’s party during the hiring process. If a school’s faculty tilts toward one of the two major parties by more than a ten percentage point margin, the school would be prohibited from hiring any more members of that party.
Every year, Iowa’s chief elections official would be required to submit voter registration records to the board of regents.
That’s certainly an interesting take.
I’ve heard of racial quotas, but this would be the first political quota, to my knowledge.
Of course, Democrat lawmakers are spitting and kicking against the legislation.
“If you took a survey right now, it’s highly likely that Iowa professors are registered as Democrats at a much higher rate than Republican[s]. So any new hires would be strictly limited to Republican or No Party voters,” wrote Pat Rynard, on the liberal Iowa Starting Line blog.
Thanks for making mine and the senator’s point, Pat.
Unaffiliated voters would not be counted, so that loophole could be used to get a job. They could later change their affiliation.
In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Chelgren 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 as possible.”
A similar measure died in North Carolina’s state legislature on Monday. That version would have required senior professors within the University of North Carolina system to reflect the ideological balance of Tar Heel voters.
I’m actually a little disappointed by that, as I think it would be a great idea to get a bit of true diversity on our college campuses.