Disconnect: Kentucky and the Political Ideology of its Public Universities
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Almost all universities cite diversity and inclusion among their primary goals. What they mean by diversity, however, is having the university workforce and student body demographics reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender population in the general service area of each campus. This is an impoverished view of diversity’s educational value, which should entail a robust diversity of perspectives on politics, economics, and social issues. An examination of political contributions by public university and college affiliated donors in Kentucky provides evidence of a severe lack of political and ideological diversity at public higher education institutions in the state. For this study I examined and tabulated political contributions to political parties and candidates for federal office in 2016 by donors affiliated with Kentucky public universities and colleges.
Like most states in the South, the Democratic Party historically dominated Kentucky politics. However, Kentucky currently has a...