Conservatives upset over college campaign credit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Conservatives are calling foul after a small university in southern Colorado offered college credit for students volunteering for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Adams State University in Alamosa insists it did nothing wrong and that 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 flap 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. The state Department of Higher Education says curriculum decisions are left to schools.

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