DENVER – Conservatives are crying foul after Adams State University offered college credit for students volunteering for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
The Alamosa school insists it did nothing wrong, and independent-study credits are available for students working for any campaign, but Republican Mitt Romney’s camp never asked.
The school says it withdrew the Obama internship offer because no students signed up for it.
The Adams State kerfluffle underscores the pitched presidential battle in Colorado and shows how the presidential campaigns have taken far different approaches to engaging college students for campaign work.
The conservative Americans For Prosperity argues public institutions shouldn’t give course credit for campaigning. In a letter sent this week to the state Department of Higher Education, Colorado AFP head Jeff Crank called it “questionable” and “unethical” for Adams State to give course credit for campaign work.
“Coloradoans have a right to know whether the Obama campaign succeeded in convincing a taxpayer-funded university to offer college credits to students participating in partisan activities,” the letter read.
A spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, a former university president and head of the Department of Higher Education, said department staff planned to investigate, but state action would be unlikely.
Julie McCluskey said the department “does not oversee or approve individual schools’ course offerings or curriculum.”