That's very nice.Now. how well do they do on accepting and
encouraging "diversity" of opinion, as in the number of conservatives on
their faculty.Probably not nearly as well, although it may be better
than most of academia.
@DN subscriber As someone that actual has more then one degree from the
university I can tell you the faculty has a wide range of opinions across the
political spectrum, that does not however mean that if you express an opinion
that it will not be challenged regardless of your political leanings and that is
where I watched many students struggle in school. A a good university by its
very nature is in the habit of challenging even your most deeply held opinions.
As a graduate of both undergraduate and graduate programs from the U of U, I can
say that I am sure that this rating is correct. I recall an English course that
I attended. The instructor made us listen to a panel of LGBT people. One of
them made the opening remark to the 50 students in the class, "Welcome to
the 5 of you who are in the closet homosexuals". I felt like their opinions
were accepted by our instructor and any of us who didn't "actively"
participate in the discussion were docked points from our final grade. The
University of Utah, like almost every other college in America, is very liberal
in it's choices of faculty and staff. This is why I don't pay a dime
as an alumni and I now cheer for BYU to beat them.
DN Subscriber,They may not have a lot of republicans on the faculty,
but I bet they have a lot of conservatives on the faculty.
During my 4 year tenure in engineering at the U, among my professors I had two
bishops, a stake president, and a relief society president. But maybe they
weren't "conservative" enough - none of them told me that dinosaur
bones are not real and the earth is only 7,000 years old (both things that have
been lectured on at BYU).
Utah is like any other university. If you take math, science, engineering,
business, i.e. the classes that are actually useful and important in this world,
who cares what the political leanings of your teacher are. Do your homework and
study for the exams and you'll do fine. On the other hand, classes where
you write a lot of papers and have a lot of discussions are going to favor
students whose philosophies are in line with the professor's. My advice, if
you think you are philosophically going to be at odds with a given professor,
and that professor doesn't teach a hard science, don't take the class.
Brave Sir Robin; did you attend those lectures at BYU? now I also went to the
U, but I never heard anyone at BYU proclaiming that the earth is only 7k years
old and that dinosaur bones are not real.
I know of plenty liberal professors at BYU.I would have been more
pleased had the U's academics been rated among the top in the nation.