Is West Texas A&M University Censoring Student Job Opportunities?

Is West Texas A&M University Censoring Student Job Opportunities?

The following screenshots and text are from a conversation I had with Karl Kimsey, Employer Relations Coordinator at West Texas A&M University regarding our job postings through the career website Handshake.

First, here are the screenshots of our conversation:

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The screenshot was not able to capture the entire conversation, so I copied it to my clipboard and pasted it here for reference.

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Karl Kimsey3:46 pm

Karl from West Texas A&M University has sent you a message on Handshake

Purchasing and Operations Manager

 

In order to post this, and other positions, the job description

must state that at least a Bachelor’s degree is required or strongly preferred.

Please modify and resubmit.

 

Thank you,

 

Karl Kimsey 

 

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Justin Li4:21 pm

Hi Karl,

Thanks for the heads-up. My apologies for the mix-up, but I'm confused. Can you help me understand why we have to change the listing for it to be approved?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Justin 

 

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Karl Kimsey4:33 pm

In order to post this, and other positions, the job description

must state that at least a Bachelor’s degree is required or strongly preferred.

Please modify and resubmit.

 

Thank you,

 

Karl Kimsey 

 

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Justin Li5:02 pm

I read that in your first email, but I'm asking you to help me understand the why behind your policy? Do y'all know something about my jobs that I do not?

 

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Karl Kimsey6:01 pm

Justin,

 

Our business is higher education. So, if your positions, or positions from other employers, do not require at least a Bachelor's degree, we will not post the job description for those positions. 

 

And, no, we do not pretend to know more about your positions than you do.

 

Karl

 

March 9th

 

 

Justin Li4:38 pm

Karl,

We don't create artificial requirements and we don't deny people the freedom to choose for themselves. It is our sincere hope you will let your students see the incredible opportunities we have available for them. We hope you trust them to make the best decision for themselves. 

 

Justin

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This experience is the reason we no longer use Handshake: schools like West Texas A&M University wanted us to create artificial preferences for our job postings rather than let us and their students decide who is the best fit for what jobs. This is censorship of opportunity.

Do you think schools should be allowed to censor job postings and career opportunities for their students?


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