Tuesday, May 06, 2014

UCLA Officials Propose Diversity Class Requirement - Higher Education

UCLA Officials Propose Diversity Class Requirement - Higher Education: LOS ANGELES ― University of California, Los Angeles officials are proposing that most undergraduate students be required to take a class in racial cultural, gender or religious diversity in order to graduate.

The Los Angeles Times reports that this is the fourth effort to bring such a requirement to UCLA’s College of Letters and Science, which enrolls about 85 percent of undergraduates.

Such a requirement has existed at the Arts and Architecture school for the last six years and is at most UC campuses and many other universities. But the curriculum change has been repeatedly rejected in votes by the college’s faculty group.

Previous proposals have been met with questions about whether students were already overburdened with requirements, whether the university could afford extra classes, or if the classes improve ethnic relations or skew left politically.