North Shore Community College: Ideological Litmus Testing for Job Candidates

Category: Freedom of Conscience
Schools: North Shore Community College

At North Shore Community College, FIRE became concerned about the threat to freedom of conscience posed by NSCC’s job announcement requiring “Appreciation of multiculturalism” for a full-time faculty member in the school’s English Department. This requirement imposed a political litmus test on job candidates and forced a faculty member to maintain a fundamental viewpoint with which he or she might not have agreed. After FIRE wrote NSCC President Wayne Burton about his college’s violation of freedom of conscience, NSCC agreed to keep this requirement out of all present and future job announcements.

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  • Like Virginia Tech, North Shore Community College Backtracks on Ideological Litmus Test

    April 27, 2009

    Following FIRE’s victory against an ideological litmus test for faculty at Virginia Tech, North Shore Community College (NSCC) has completely removed its requirement that candidates for faculty positions have an “appreciation of multiculturalism.” After we wrote NSCC President Wayne Burton about his college’s violation of freedom of conscience, NSCC agreed to keep this requirement out of all present and future job announcements. Recent listings now require only “successful experience interacting with culturally diverse populations,” which is a matter of demonstrated skill, not ideology. NSCC’s response is revealing: North Shore Community Colleges [sic] provides educational opportunity to over 7,500 full and […]

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