The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 26th, 2015
A community-college district in California is drawing fire from
several sides for its deal to help run two technical colleges in Saudi
Arabia, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The critics charge that, among other things, the Rancho Santiago
Community College District violated a state open-meetings law in
arranging the deal and, through its presence in the Middle Eastern
nation, is tacitly supporting the anti-democratic policies of the Saudi
Last year the district won a $105-million contract to consult and
help train faculty members at the two technical colleges. The deal has
not yet been made final.