Charles Koch Foundation Raises Concern Over Proposal to Mandate Speaker Viewpoints at Arizona Universities

A state policymaker in Arizona is proposing requiring public universities to monitor and balance the ideological perspectives of speakers invited to campus. Raising concern over the proposal, Charles Koch Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy Charlie Ruger issued the following statement:

“An open exchange of ideas doesn’t happen through mandate. Universities need academic freedom to foster a dynamic, open intellectual environment that makes discovery possible. Efforts by legislators to place a heavy hand on everything from campus speakers to faculty composition to course content impose a political orthodoxy contrary to academic freedom.”

There is a growing and worrying partisan divide around trust in higher education that likely motivates these types of policy proposals. Advocates of higher education can look to repair these divides by speaking to the underlying concern and ensuring scholars feel free to seek the truth without fear of intimidation, threats, or undue influence from those outside of and within their institutions.

Learn more about the commitment of the Foundation and our partners to academic freedom here, here, and here.

07-09-2020 07:15am

New coalition will connect displaced workers to new jobs and upskilling opportunities

A partnership between leading training and education providers, employers, technology developers, and job readiness nonprofits, the SkillUp Coalition aims to connect millions of Americans to new skills that help them secure in-demand jobs with promising career paths.

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06-30-2020 01:56pm

Rivet School: Redesigning the college experience for working adults

In the face of COVID-19 — and with $100,000 in philanthropic support from the Charles Koch Foundation — Rivet announced Pay It Forward, a new program that allows students to enroll and pay no tuition during the course of their studies.

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06-29-2020 03:33pm

Cornell’s Yale-Loehr on Supreme Court’s DACA decision

Stephen Yale-Loehr, a law professor at Cornell and a Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) grantee, commented on the DACA decision in several news outlets, including on National Public Radio (NPR), and in The Associated Press, The New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

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