Christine O'Donnell's Academic Background Under Scrutiny...
by Stephanie Condon
Christine O'Donnell's academic record is once again coming under scrutiny.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Delaware Republican Senate candidate misleadingly claims she attended the University of Oxford. On top of that, further reports surfaced revealing that O'Donnell's claims that she attended Claremont Graduate University are incorrect.
O'Donnell's LinkedIn page claims she studied "Post Modernism in the New Millennium" at the University of Oxford and Constitutional Government at Claremont Graduate University, a school in Southern California.
However, a spokesperson for O'Donnell told the Washington Post's Greg Sargent that O'Donnell listed the University of Oxford as a school she attended after taking a course on the Oxford campus, run by the Phoenix Institute. Chris Fletcher, who oversaw the Phoenix Institute's 2001 Oxford Summer Programme, which O'Donnell participated in, told Sargent that O'Donnell's claim to have attended Oxford is "misleading."
"We never represented it as a course run by Oxford University," Fletcher said. "It wasn't sponsored by Oxford University. We rented the space."
Additionally, Claremont Graduate University says it has no student records for an individual named Christine O'Donnell, California reporter Gary Scott first reported. The university repeated that assertion to Talking Points Memo.
In fact, O'Donnell received a fellowship in 2002 from the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank also in Claremont, Calif. but not affiliated with the university.
The Tea Party-backed candidate's academic record has been the subject of scrutiny since the primaries. She claimed for years that she was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Unversity, but she in fact only received her degree on Sept. 1 of this year, years after attending the school. Republicans in the primary ran attack ads questioning why O'Donnell took so long to get her degree, claiming she owed outstanding bills to the school.
Additionally, O'Donnell suggested in a lawsuit that she was pursuing a Master's degree at Princeton University, but she later acknowledged she has not taken any graduate courses at Princeton. ...