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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Oliver Mcbryan
Few would disagree that conservative professors are an endangered species on campus, which is why the University of Colorado Board of Regents is scheduled to consider Thursday a resolution that would prohibit discrimination based on "political affiliation or political philosophy."
"Researchers are people whose minds are very open to new ideas, which means they aren't conservative," Mr. McBryan said. "Conservatives are more likely to prefer the status quo. ... Professors are more likely to be liberal-oriented because they search for and are open to new ideas."
"The university should be trying to hire the best faculty, and that should be the only criterion," said Oliver McBryan, professor of computer science emeritus at the Boulder campus. "If you start trying to interject other criteria, you're not going to get the best candidates, and you may even drive some of them away."