History

The National Association of Scholars was founded to confront the rise of campus political correctness. Our accomplishments include legislation, new academic programs, the creation of other reform organizations, and the publication of reports.

2018

NAS publishes The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Scienc, which describes the failure of a large amount of scientific research to discover true results because of slipshod use of statistics, groupthink, and flawed research techniques.

April, 2017

NAS publishes Outsourced to China, a study of how China exerts influence on American higher education by way of its Confucius Institutes.

January, 2017

NAS publishes Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics, an in-depth report on how “the New Civics” substitutes progressive activism for traditional civics education..

June, 2016

NAS publishes The Dissappearing Continent, a critique of how progressive bias distorts the College Board’s Advanced Placement European History examination.

January, 2016

NAS publishes The Architecture of Intellectual FreedomThe Architecture of Intellectual Freedom, NAS President Peter Wood’s statement defining the place and importance of intellectual freedom.

November, 2015

NAS publishes Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels, a comprehensive account of the campus fossil fuel divestment movement.

March, 2015

NAS publishes Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism, the first critical account of the sustainability movement in higher education.

2014

NAS begins its successful campaign to reform the College Board’s Advanced Placement United States History examination.

April, 2013

NAS publishes What Does Bowdoin Teach? How a Contemporary Liberal Arts College Shapes Students, an in-depth case study to learn what a contemporary liberal arts college education consists of.

January, 2013

NAS publishes Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?, an investigation by the Texas Association of Scholars on whether race, class, and gender are displacing other important approaches to the study of American history.

September, 2011

NAS publishes new edition of Beach Books for the 2011-2012 academic year.

January, 2011

NAS launches the Center for the Study of the Curriculum to “document and to analyze important changes” to college curricula and “to propose improvements.”

2010

NAS publishes the first comprehensive study of college common reading programs and the books these programs assign, Beach Books: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

2010

Stephen Balch receives the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation.

2009

Peter W. Wood becomes NAS’s second NAS president and Stephen Balch becomes chairman.

November, 2007

Stephen Balch receives the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush for his contributions to liberal education.

September, 2007

NAS publishes The Scandal of Social Work Education, a report on the ideological mandates imposed on students at schools of social work in the United States.

2004

NAS creates the Association for the Study of Free Institutions, now head-quartered at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

2003

NAS holds second national workshop for academic program designers at Princeton University with a focus on the study of free institutions.

2000

NAS publishes Losing the Big Picture: The Fragmentation of the English Major Since 1984, a study of the disintegration of the English major between 1964 and 1998.

1998

NAS helps establish The Historical Society, committed to fostering serious historical scholarship, now located at Boston University.

1997

NAS holds its first national workshop for academic program designers at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with a focus on Great Books programs.

Novemeber, 1996

California voters pass Proposition 209—legislation drafted by NAS members, also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative—banning racial and ethnic discrimination in California public universities.

September, 1996

NAS publishes The Dissolution of General Education: 1914-1993, a report documenting the erosion of higher education’s commitment to providing undergraduates with a broad and rigorous exposure to major areas of knowledge.

1995

NAS proposes and helps establish the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a higher education reform group devoted to working with governing boards and donors, now located in Washington, D.C.

1994

NAS proposes and helps establish the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (now the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers), dedicated to enriching the quality of literary scholarship, now located at Boston University.

1993

NAS, working with its members on campuses around the country, inaugurates a nationwide campaign to establish new academic programs on Western civilization, the study of free institutions and the American founding. Over forty such programs have since been created.

1992

NAS proposes and helps establish the American Association for Liberal Education (AALE), an accreditation body focused on liberal education, now located in Washington, D.C.

1988

The first issue of NAS’s quarterly journal Academic Questions is published.

1988

NAS’s first national membership conference is held in New York City.

1987

The National Association of Scholars opens its first office in Princeton, New Jersey.