Higher education ‘intellectual diversity’ bill debated at Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A bill that would make several changes to higher education in Ohio took another step forward at the Statehouse on Wednesday, but the fate of the legislation remains unclear. 

Senate Bill 83, the “Higher Education Enhancement Act,” passed the Senate back in May. And after extensive changes were made to the legislation, still, on Wednesday, 13 supporters and 135 opposers testified about the bill.  

The bill would do a number of things like change and standardize the tenure evaluation system across universities, but most of the conversation centered around the portions of the bill that would require intellectual diversity is demonstrated for course approval and prohibit mandatory diversity equity and inclusion classes.  

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