Ideology creeps into academic evaluation

October 5, 2005

At which point does diversity, a most recent shibboleth in academe, turn around and devour its own tail?

Just before the start of the fall semester, Edward Swan, a student in the College of Education at Washington State University, was informed he was in jeopardy of being removed from his program.

The college is bound by state law to evaluate the character of each student at graduation. Since 2001, the college has used a system where each semester, faculty members fill out a “professional disposition evaluation” for each student they have in class. The forms ask for marks on, among other things, students’ commitments to such politically charged concepts as “social justice” and “diversity...

Schools: Washington State University University of Wisconsin – Madison Cases: Washington State University: Use of Dispositions Theory to Enforce Ideological Orthodoxy