Iowa senator wants political balance among university professors

Chelgren would not say whether he believes Iowa’s universities have become too liberal. Rather, he said, he’s concerned about “extreme views on either side.”


Asked whether the regents need greater diversity of thought, spokesman Josh Lehman said the board “expects the universities to hire the most qualified faculty to teach our students.”


“I’m under the understanding that right now they can hire people because of diversity,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa. “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.”


would institute a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats on the university faculty fall within 10 percent of each other.


Iowa senator wants political balance among university professors A bill in the Iowa Senate seeks to achieve greater political diversity among professors at the state’s Board of Regents universities. Check out this story on



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