Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Faculty Union Is Among Critics of Deal to Help Run Colleges in Saudi Arabia

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 government.
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.

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