If the Obama Administration’s plan for a higher education rating system goes forward as is, University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley fears his campus might become a less-diverse, less-accessible institution.
“We have funds designated for recruiting underrepresented populations,” he said. “I could see having to redirect those funds to merit-based scholarships [if the rating system is instituted]. Merit is a good measure of success, but it’s only one measure. I believe a more diverse student body creates a better learning environment.”
Hurley, also the president of the Virginia Council of Presidents, signed a letter backed by 50 Virginia college presidents that was sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging the administration to rethink the rating system.
It’s a rare collaboration between colleges, public and private, four-year and community colleges, and includes presidents of diverse campuses such as the College of William & Mary, James Madison University, Virginia State University, Piedmont Virginia Community College and Roanoke College, to name a few.