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Civics literacy test won't be a requirement at Purdue, at least not yet

Passing a civics literacy test isn't going to be a graduation requirement for Purdue University students, at least not yet.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 9:45 PM
Updated: Apr. 16, 2019 6:01 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Passing a civics literacy test isn't going to be a graduation requirement for Purdue University students, at least not yet. 

The proposal presented to the University Senate on Monday didn't get the two-thirds majority it needed to pass. 

President Mitch Daniels presented the idea in January. Daniels hoped students would be required to take a five minute test similar to the United States naturalization exam.

The group Daniels has leading the proposal wanted to make a special senate committee to move it through quicker.

The senate voted that down saying the decision doesn't need to be rushed, and they're not obligated to form special committees.

Vice Chair of the Senate Cheryl Cooky is part of the group trying to move the proposal forward. She said this doesn't mean Daniel's proposal is off the table, the process may just be slowed.

"I was a bit surprised by the outcome of the discussion, I had not anticipated that. I think there was some misunderstanding regarding parliamentary procedure," said Cooky. 

Cooky hopes the issue will be re-visited either this summer or next academic year.

Professor David Sanders didn't think the process was handled appropriately. 

"All of a sudden comes a proposal from the steering committee which is not supposed to make these proposals, that just short circuited the process," said Sanders. 

Daniels originally hoped to speed up the process and have the new requirement in place by fall 2019.

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