University of Colorado considers nixing ‘liberal’ of mission

The University of Colorado is considering dropping the word “liberal,” the mission.

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The University of Colorado can reportedly remove “liberal” from “liberal education” in the school of the mission, and an expert says the college is only the latest conservative-leaning institution to consider the scrub of the l-word.

David Strauss, a principal in the higher education consulting firm Art & Science Group, told The Chronicle of Higher Education, many institutions he worked with who identify themselves as politically conservative have taken out the word “liberal”, because they are not comfortable with be regarded as a politically liberal-leaning university.

Eight teachers on the UC-Colorado Springs campus “strongly opposed” the move, as they believe that it “undermines the long tradition of the universities to a liberal arts education,” according to the proposal to make the change.

The opponents of the “liberal” liberation say that the University of Colorado “was created and is maintained to afford men and women a liberal education in the several branches of literature, the arts, science, and the professions.”

The school proposal, meanwhile, says the university should drop the word “liberal”, because “it is not correct in all cases, especially in higher and vocational education, which are focused on a specific discipline.”

Ken McConnellogue, University of Colorado vice president for communications, told Fox News the decision has nothing to do with political beliefs.

“The phrase ‘free education’ appears once in our governor the documents (the board of Regents Laws and Policies),” McConnellogue said. “The suggestion to remove it is to align the laws and policies with our other guiding documents (mission, vision, principles).”

While the university says the move is standard procedure, it raises questions for the faculty and the students.

“We shake our heads,” Manuel Luis Espinoza, a professor of educational foundations at the University of Colorado Denver campus, told The Chronicle, “because we think, Here is another attempt to change what we do and in the broadest sense of the word. You can change the language, but I don’t think we are going to stop doing what we do.”

McConnellogue said the regents will take into account the change in the commission meetings this summer ahead of a vote, possibly in September.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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