By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California college district says it will continue a consulting deal with two Saudi Arabia technical colleges despite opposition from faculty who object to the Arab government’s record on human rights.

The Orange County Register reports ( ) about 10 professors and other employees demanded during a Monday trustees meeting that Rancho Santiago Community College District cancel the agreement to improve and restructure the two Saudi government-run schools.

Chancellor Raul Rodriguez disagreed that the $105 million deal violates the district’s values of equality and tolerance. He said, as educators, the district can in a small way contribute to helping set the conditions for change in Saudi Arabia.

Starting this fall, the district will revamp the Saudi schools’ curriculum, train teachers and strengthen other infrastructure.


Information from: The Orange County Register,

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