A proposal to require undergraduates at UCLA to take at least one course in racial, cultural, gender or religious diversity has been resurrected by officials there, reports the LA Times.
Three previous efforts have failed, but UCLA Chancellor Gene Block says its important to try again.
“We owe it to our students,” Block said in a recent interview. “Many of our students have wanted this for several years. I think the faculty owes it to the students to pay attention, even though I understand there are intellectual arguments on both sides of the issue.”
But the College of Letters and Science faculty, UCLA’s largest faculty group, has repeatedly rejected the idea. Many argue students are already overburdened, and that the budget-strapped university can’t afford it.
You can read more arguments on both sides of the issue and why some feel even have three tries, the proposal has a good chance of passing in the LA Times.