The Council for Higher Education ruled on Tuesday to give Ben Gurion University’s politics department three weeks to show concrete commitment to making changes to the program in order to incorporate more varied political approaches to its curriculum.
The resolution came after BGU presented its arguments in favor of keeping the political science department open at a meeting with the CHE on Tuesday morning in Jerusalem, after which the council deliberated privately. Dozens of the department's students also gathered outside the building to protest the program's closure.
Ronen Shoval, head of the organization Im Tirzu, which has lead the fight against the department’s “unbalanced” teaching told the Jerusalem Post he is satisfied with Tuesday’s outcome: “I think it’s great. The deliberation at the CHE and the fact that this initiated a process in which the end goal is pluralism, that’s my victory.”