We uphold the standards of a liberal arts education.

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The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.

We uphold reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. We defend academic freedom of faculty members and students. We believe colleges should respect the freedom of individuals to make up their own minds. And that such intellectual freedom must be anchored in the honest pursuit of the truth.

We expect persons and ideas to be judged on merit, and colleges and universities to provide for fair competition between views.

The liberal arts are the core subjects that a free people should know. They are foundational to higher education.

We believe colleges and universities should train rising generations in virtuous citizenship, which broadly means upholding the rule of law and taking a positive role in shaping public life.

What we do:

Individual Advocacy

Defend the academic freedom of faculty members, students, and others.

Research Reports

Investigate issues affecting academic freedom, the integrity, purpose, and neutrality of the university.

Public Advocacy

Educate the public about policies and legislation that would preserve the liberal arts and protect academic freedom.


We believe the four purposes of higher education are:

To endow culture

To shape character

To pursue truth

To prepare for practical vocation


Volume 32 Issue 2

Summer 2019

Reasserting the principled pursuit of knowledge is an arduous endeavor. Victory is not near, but good news does abound. "Reforming Higher Education: Victories, Advances, and Setbacks," the special feature of this issue, assesses the progress of our mission. Essays by KC Johnson, Peter Bonilla, Jon K. Chang, John Agresto, Barry Latzer, and others.