Cost of Indiana University’s ‘Diversity Hiring’ Initiative Could Have Paid Tuition for 2,600 Students
“Tuition and fees for an in-state student at IU’s main campus is $11,332 a year”
Keep this in mind the next time someone starts talking about ‘free’ college. Many schools could take steps to address the issue on their own but they have other priorities.
Campus Reform reports:
Over 2,600 students could have had free tuition for the cost of IU’s ‘Diversity Hiring Initiative’
Indiana University announced recently its new $30 million “Diversity Hiring Initiative,” a multi-year fund to accelerate the hiring of “professors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.”
Tuition and fees for an in-state student at IU’s main campus is $11,332 a year, meaning that $30 million dollars could cover one year’s expenses for over 2,600 Indiana students.
President Pamela Whitten, who made the details public in an email obtained by Campus Reform, boasted September 21 that the fund will “support the academic needs” of the university in a press release.
“Using reallocated funds from non-academic services, as well as external gifts, new faculty positions will be added,” Whitten explained in the university statement.
The press release also quoted W. Quinn Buckner, chair of the IU Board of Trustees.
“Our collective commitment to a more diverse faculty will have a positive impact on our university, as well as on our state and beyond,” Buckner said.
Many IU students, however, are not as ecstatic about the program as the president and board of trustees chair.
In statement to Campus Reform, the university’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter said they are “disappointed” with IU and hope they “reverse course.”
“YAF at IU is disappointed with the university’s decision to continue to use student fees and tuition for meaningless virtue signaling,” the statement read. “Hiring faculty based on the color of their skin is an abysmal moral decision by IU and we hope they reverse course on this racist waste of money.”
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