Charles Koch Foundation raises concern over call to intimidate scholars as courses move online amid COVID-19 pandemic

As Americans drastically alter their lives to protect their health and the health of their neighbors, scholars at colleges and universities across the country are working to recreate campus courses and programs in a virtual environment. In stark contrast to those rallying to support these efforts, Turning Point USA is calling for its members to secretly record professors with whom they disagree. Charles Koch Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy Charlie Ruger issued the following statement:

Inciting harassment against scholars isn’t just wrong at a time when many are seeking out new ways to engage their students during a crisis, it’s always wrong. Targeting, intimidating, and otherwise attempting to silence academics chills the open exchange of ideas and, in turn, chokes off progress. We’re proud to partner with universities and professors who continue to demonstrate steadfast commitment to expanding students’ access to a diversity of ideas, now and in the future.

Learn more about the Foundation’s commitment to academic freedom through our giving standards, a video series elevating voices of champions of science, and a profile of Scholars at Risk founder Robert Quinn.

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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College Pulse survey shows students believe online learning could be improved

The Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and College Pulse have released the results of a new survey showing that while college students were somewhat underwhelmed with higher education’s rapid transition to online learning, they are optimistic that online learning will improve in the future.

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