CV NEWS FEED // The Texas A&M University system announced Thursday that it will remove all diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statements from its admissions and hiring criteria effective immediately.
“No university or agency in the A&M System will admit any student, nor hire any employee based on any factor other than merit,” the system’s Chancellor John Sharp, said in a statement posted on the university system’s website. The A&M System includes 11 institutions spread across the state of Texas.
The sudden change came less than a month after the office of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a letter to all of Texas’ state agencies and public universities telling them to stop using DEI criteria in hiring employees and admitting prospective students.
The term DEI has been used by left-wing activists to describe practices that give one group of people special treatment and advantages over most people in order to compensate them for past injustices.
In the February memo, Gov. Abbott’s Chief of Staff stated: “The innocuous sounding notion of DEI has been manipulated to push policies that expressly favor some demographic groups to the detriment of others.” There have been numerous questions about the legality of DEI-inspired policies and the Abbott administration maintains that state and federal law deem them to be clearly illegal.
Following Abbott’s letter, Chancellor Sharp spent several weeks “reviewing” A&M’s DEI practices before finally complying with the governor’s order to end them. The large university network, which Sharp has led since 2011, currently enrolls over 150,000 students. The A&M system will now require people seeking to work there to provide just a resume, cover letter, references, and other work-related materials.
Chancellor Sharp, a Democrat, was formerly the Texas Comptroller and Railroad Commissioner, and a longtime member of the State Legislature.
The anti-DEI non-profit National Association of Scholars celebrated the decision, tweeting “One by one, the DEI regime will fail.”
A&M’s decision is only the latest in a string of colleges and universities to scrap DEI and return to a merit-based admission and hiring system.
Just last week, the University of North Carolina announced that it was abandoning its former DEI policies. On Thursday, February 23, the school stated that going forward it “shall neither solicit nor require an employee or applicant for academic admission or employment to affirmatively ascribe to or opine about beliefs, affiliations, ideals, or principles … as a condition to admission, employment, or professional advancement.”