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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

The Campaign to Reform the College Board, Continued

NAS

Peter Wood and David Randall continue the campaign to reform the AP European History examination.

NAS Receives Bulldog Award

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The National Association of Scholars has received the Michelle Malkin Investigates Bulldog Award.

The Map of Academic Freedom

NAS Director of Communications David Randall writes about the Academic Freedom Chart.

David Randall Speaks at AEI

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Director of Communications David Randall speaks on Making Citizens at the American Enterprise Institute.

David Randall Concludes his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte

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David Randall concludes his conversation with Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier at Education Week.

Wood Speaks on American Family Radio

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NAS President Peter Wood appears on Sandy Rios in the Morning to discuss the decline of modern education and his proposals to fix the education system.

David Randall Replies to Stanley Fish in The Chronicle

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David Randall Replies to Stanley Fish's critique of Making Citizens in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

David Randall Continues his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte

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David Randall continues his conversation with Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier at Education Week.

David Randall in Conversation with Harry Boyte in Education Week

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David Randall responds to Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier at Education Week.

Stanley Fish Opposes Politicized “New Civics”

NAS

Professor Stanley Fish offers his thoughts on our report Making Citizens.

New York Post and Others Highlight NAS Report

NAS

NAS has analyzed the masquerading of political activism as a civics education in our report Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics, garnering media attention.

Students Will Rise When Colleges Challenge Them to Read Good Books

David Randall

Executive Director Ashley Thorne writes about college common readings in The Chronicle.

Concordia College Publicizes Beach Books Praise

David Randall

Concordia College writes about its commendation in this year's Beach Books report.

The Wall Street Journal Features Beach Books: 2014-2015 in "Notable & Quotable"

NAS

Common reading programs are back in the spotlight.

Peter Wood's Article in David Brooks' 2015 Sidney Awards

NAS

New York Times columnist David Brooks recommended NAS president Peter Wood's Weekly Standard article "The Meaning of Sex" in his 2015 Sidney Awards.

NAS on the Radio

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NAS president Peter Wood appeared on two radio programs this week to discuss campus trends in political correctness.

Peter Wood's Book on Anger Cited in NRO

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The National Review's Jim Geraghty references NAS president Peter Wood's book in an article about the presidential campaign. 

NAS President's Article On Weekly Standard Cover

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NAS president Peter Wood's article titled "The Meaning of Sex" appears on the cover of the May 4, 2015 issue of The Weekly Standard.

Peter Wood Made Regular Contributor to Huffington Post

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Peter Wood will write regularly on higher education and intellectual culture. We encourage readers to visit his author page to engage with his work. 

Re: Petraeus – An Open Letter to CUNY Chancellor William Kelly

Peter Wood

The university must actively stand against threats to academic freedom.

Readers Weigh In on Teaching the Classics

NAS

Readers respond to Ashley Thorne's analysis of common reading at American colleges and universities.

On Re-Civilizing Higher Education

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood spoke recently in Colorado on the crisis in American higher education.

Women and Philosophy

Tessa Carter

Will studying more female philosophers draw more women to philosophy? Dr. Wood weighs in.

Radio Interview with Peter Wood on Bowdoin

Ashley Thorne

NAS president Peter Wood discusses NAS's findings on Bowdoin College.

No Nine Irons, Just Facts

Peter Wood

Peter Wood responds to another attack on NAS from The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Pope Center Plugs NAS 100 Great Ideas

Glenn Ricketts

The Pope Center's Jay Schalin writes about our 100 Great Ideas.

“Frankly Dumb” or “Absolutely Correct”? You Decide

Crystal Plum

Read the responses to NAS's "Recasting History" report.

Race, Class and Gender, Q&A with Peter Wood

The Daily Texan Editorial Board

The Daily Texan interviews Peter Wood on NAS's recent report, "Recasting History."

Peter Wood Featured on Radio Show with Thayrone X

Crystal Plum

Thayrone X asks Peter Wood about the sustainability movement and its effect on college campuses.

Take a Stand Against the Campus Sustainability Movement

Ashley Thorne

You can get involved by joining the National Association of Scholars, learning about the issues, and telling a friend.

NAS on Fox News Sustainability Special Report

Ashley Thorne

Fox News aired a special report on the sustainability movement which featured NAS president Peter Wood, who talked about NAS's examination of the movement.

Watch NAS on Fox News This Sunday

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Fox News interviews Peter Wood about sustainability.

The Ubiquitous Term: Social Justice

Crystal Plum

What do universities actually mean by advocating social justice?

Video: Peter Wood Talks Racial Preferences on Brazilian TV

NAS

On the heels of the passage of a law in Brazil expanding racial preferences in higher edcuation, a Brazilian TV station interviewed NAS president Peter Wood.

FIRE Sends Followup Harassment Inquiry to OCR, NAS Co-signs

Glenn Ricketts

We sign on with FIRE' s letter asking OCR to break its silence on new harassment guidelines.

U Cal President Yudof Responds to CAS Report, CAS Leaders Reply

Glenn Ricketts

The recent NAS report, "A Crisis of Competence, " evoked comment from the head of the University of California system, to which the CAS authors of the report replied

University of California Report in the News

Ashley Thorne

Both national and local media pay attention to a new report by NAS's California affiliate on the politicization of the University of California.

Peter Wood on Radio on Ward Case

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood will discuss a counseling student who was expelled from Eastern Michigan University because the administration was intolerant of her Christian beliefs.

Academic Questions Cited in New York Post

Ashley Thorne

The idea of a bubble in higher education as considered in NAS's journal is getting wider notice.

Steve Balch on WTGD Radio: The Importance of Teaching Western Civilization

Kate Hamilton

NAS Chairman Steve Balch appeared on a local Wisconsin public radio program to discuss the reasons why classes on Western Civilization should be a required component of the undergraduate curriculum.

Out and About: Steve Balch in Italy and at Carthage College

Steve Balch

This month NAS chairman Steve Balch discussed the future of the humanities at a symposium in Italy and spoke about the study of Western civilization at Carthage College.

Peter Wood on Southern California Public Radio: "Is Our Quest for Diversity Racist?"

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood appeared on a local California radio program to discuss racial preferences.

Peter Wood Quoted in New York Times on Fisher Case

Peter Wood

A case headed to the Supreme Court may change the way U.S. colleges consider diversity as a rationale for racial preferences in admissions. What really matters, says NAS president Peter Wood, is intellectual diversity.

Milestones for the NAS

Peter Wood

NAS's two signal events in 2011 pointed college students back to the core principles of the liberal arts and sciences.

AQ Editor Carol Iannone Quoted on White Privilege

Ashley Thorne

The Omaha World-Herald quotes Academic Questions editor-at-large Carol Iannone on whether emphasizing "white privilege" has educational benefits.

Madness and Civilization

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood responds to the Manifesto of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

Video: Peter Wood Gives Congressional Testimony on Social Science Research

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood argues before Congress that the National Science Foundation (NSF) should continue to fund research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, but that it should make strategic cuts to unscientific programs.

Radio: Peter Wood on WGN 720 on Sustainability

Peter Wood discusses the harmful effect sustainability ideology has on higher education.

Abigail Thernstrom on Room for Debate

Ashley Thorne

NAS member Abigail Thernstrom weighs in on the question, "Is anti-white bias a problem?"

Missionally Adrift

Ashley Thorne

The fundamental reason higher education is faltering is that colleges and universities have simply forgotten why they exist in the first place.

Academic Questions Author Lawrence Mead on BBC

NYU professor Lawrence Mead, an author in a recent issue of Academic Questions, did a feature for the BBC on welfare reform in the UK.

Peter Wood on ABC News: "Going to College is a Gamble"

Video: NAS president Peter Wood talks about the risks of sending students to college at a time when they can be assured neither that they will learn much nor that they will be better positioned to secure a good job.

High School Research Papers and the New York Times

Ashley Thorne

An article on Will Fitzhugh and The Concord Review mischaracterizes the NAS but brings needed attention to the "dying art of the research paper."

Radio: Sustainability in Higher Education

Ashley Thorne

NAS speaks out about the ideological character of the sustainability movement.

Victory: Proposition 107 Passes in Arizona

Ashley Thorne

We are excited to announce that Arizonans have approved Prop. 107, a ballot initiative that prohibits racial preferences in the state’s public institutions, including public colleges and universities. This is a great victory for racial equality and merit-based higher education, and NAS is proud to have played a part. Read NAS's argument in favor of Prop. 107.  

NAS Scoops NY Post

Ashley Thorne

Thanks to a tip from our CUNY affiliate, NAS published an article exposing the gaffe of a Brooklyn College faculty member, Jocelyn Wills, who wrote in an email, "Please spread the word among your colleagues and friends on Faculty Council, that we need to correct the lily-white imbalances of the Dean's Search Committees, all four of them." NAS pointed out 4 problems with such a statement: 1. It is blatantly racist against white faculty members. 2. It assumes that racial balance should be the norm. 3. It calls on colleagues to discriminate based on race. 4. It disrespects the non-racial merits of the people Wills wants to help. The day after this article was published, the New York Post covered the story in "Lily-White Prof-Panel Slam," which notes that Wills resigned after she was elected to the search committee.

NAS in the New York Times on Attribution and the Star-Tribune on Common Reading

Ashley Thorne

New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane consulted the NAS for his article, "Scholarly Work, Without All the Footnotes," published yesterday:

Peter W. Wood, an anthropologist who is president of the National Association of Scholars, observes that scholars are filling a rising appetite for science writing in the popular press and that the protocols for giving credit there remain murky. “A scholar-beware label might be needed here,” he said.

And Katherine Kersten exposed the shallowness of most college common reading programs, referencing NAS's comprehensive study:

College is a time to introduce young people to humanity's greatest minds -- to the best that has been thought and said. It is a time for students to transcend the intellectual clichés of the moment and to explore the larger perspectives of philosophy and history. In the process, they should encounter a wide array of answers to questions of how we got where we are and how best to live. Students won't get that opportunity from most of the books on the common text list. That list includes no works of classical antiquity, only a handful of first-class novels, and no historical or scientific classics, as the report points out. In response, the NAS has compiled a list of worthy alternatives, entitled "Read These Instead: Better Books for Next Year's Beaches."

Peter Wood Speaks on Campus Sustainability and Political Correctness

Ashley Thorne

Radio: NAS's president discussed the origins of the sustainability movement; its environmental, social, and economic aspects; and its influence on higher education today.

NAS President on Radio Tonight on Sustainability

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood will appear on Milt Rosenberg’s Chicago-based radio program Extension 720 tonight to talk about the campus sustainability movement.

Another Fox News Segment on NAS Freshman Summer Reading Study

Steve Doocy and Tucker Carlson discuss NAS's "Beach Books" study on Fox and Friends (VIDEO).

Ashley Thorne on FOX News

Ashley Thorne

Today NAS director of communications spoke about the "Beach Books" study on freshman summer reading.

They Really, Really Don't Like Us

Glenn Ricketts

Possibly you’ve had the chance to read Peter Wood’s piece, Shut Up, They Explained. This was a response to the many ill-tempered, intemperate comments attached to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s story about our recent report, Beach Books, a survey of the readings assigned by selected colleges to their incoming freshman classes prior to the beginning of Fall semester. If you take the time to peruse them, you’ll be struck by how little they actually say about our report. Instead, our critics attack our funding sources, liken our study to “right wing talk radio,”(Yes, we must have been inspired by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and FOX News) and fling bizarre allegations about the clandestine activities for which NAS serves as a “right wing false front.” That’s an intriguing term, one whose significance escapes me. It suggests that there must also exist a “genuine” or “true” front. Would it be “left” or “right?” Can anyone help? We took a few similar hits at Inside Higher Education, where the discussion was a tad milder and more constructive. But you also won’t have to read very far at the IHE comments thread before you come to the same kind of petulance and bile that was so abundant at the Chronicle. Go to the article at IHE and scroll down to the comment from “Goethe,” (How the NAS Describes Itself and Report Bias as a Result). Read it, I think you'll see what I mean.

NAS President Speaks on Online Ed on My9 News

Ashley Thorne

Cross-posted from NAS.org NAS President Peter Wood appeared on New Jersey's My9 News on Wednesday along with Todd Zipper, co-founder of Test Drive College Online, in a segment on the pros and cons of online education. Dr. Wood said, "I'm regretful that we can't have everybody go to college in a form of traditional education, but that isn't going to happen; we have to learn how to make this new medium really work." Click here to watch the 3-minute video.

Video: Peter Wood Talks About Online Ed on My9 News

NAS president takes on the pros and cons of online education.

NAS in the News This Week

Ashley Thorne

NAS had a spike in publicity when we released our report on freshman summer reading, "Beach Books: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?". Check out our press clippings from this week.

Radio Segment on 'Indoctrinate Our Kids and Green My Parents'

Ashley Thorne

A discussion on the consequences of urging children to monitor their parents' energy and water use in the home.

Video: Peter Wood Talks About Anger on MSNBC

Peter Wood

Setting the record straight: Wood and panelists contradict a shocked MSNBC anchor on anti-government anger and violence.

Anger, Sedition, and Freedom of Speech

Ashley Thorne

Should we restrict expressions of anger to protect the public order? Should universities cultivate students' character?

NAS President Peter Wood on MSNBC Today

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood will speak about domestic anger in America on the cable news channel MSNBC.

Radio: Obama-Ed

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood appeared on University Talk radio to explain what will happen when student loans come directly from the government.

Tune In Tonight: Peter Wood on Direct Lending

Ashley Thorne

NAS President Peter Wood will be on the radio this evening speaking about federal direct lending.

Anger's Not the Answer: Peter Wood on NPR

Ashley Thorne

Are you mad as hell and not going to take it anymore? Maybe you should reconsider, says NAS president Peter Wood.

Radio: "The Green Movement and Its Discontents"

Ashley Thorne

Listen to NAS communications director discuss the rise of the sustainability movement in higher education.

Radio Segment on 'The Death of Manliness'

Ashley Thorne

NAS communications director appeared on a radio broadcast to speak about the latest efforts to discredit men on college campuses.

Peter Wood on Anger Today

Ashley Thorne

NAS President Peter Wood speaks on anger and civility in the public square.

Che Lives?

Ashley Thorne

An NAS article on a Marxist journal for educators seems to have secured the attention of some of the last remaining Marxists on earth.

Robert P. George in the New York Times

Ashley Thorne

Check out this NYT article on NAS Board of Advisors member Robert P. George. 

Fish Tales: Teaching Stanley How to Read

Peter Wood

Stanley Fish misrepresents Peter Wood on "intellectual diversity."

Academic Freedom and Advocacy

Ashley Thorne

Over at NAS.org, we've got a nice debate going between NAS and University of Alaska Professor Richard Steiner. After I wrote about him in "Sustainability Skepticism Has Arrived," I contacted Professor Steiner to let him know about the article. He subsequently wrote to the University's president Mark Hamilton to challenge him to a debate over academic freedom:

President Hamilton – Given recent circumstances, I would like to invite you to debate with me, openly and publicly, re: the issue of academic freedom, and the influence of corporate donations to the university. You have said many things in support of academic freedom over the years, but when push came to shove in my case, you made a decision in opposition to free speech. In 2002, you received an award for your support of academic freedom from a group calling itself the “National Association of Scholars”, who it turns out, actually opposes sustainability movements on today’s college campuses. They say that sustainability is “deceptive, coercive, closed-minded, a pseudo-religion, distorts higher education, shrinks freedom, programs people, is anti-rational, by-passes faculty, and is wasteful.” This group apparently supports free speech only when they agree with what is spoken, and opposes it when they disagree with what is spoken. Apparently this is your position as well. That you chose to accept an award fro this group calls into serious question the progressive character of the University of Alaska. All of this is an extremely serious transgression of the very role a university is supposed to fulfill in civil society. I look forward to your reply, and to debating this issue publicly and honestly. Sincerely, Rick Steiner, Professor

His challenge to President Hamilton, as well as his response to NAS which we posted unedited on our website, called into question our dedication to academic freedom. NAS president Peter Wood responded here. He wrote:

And, yes, we support the right of Professor Steiner to speak his mind about sustainability, but his academic freedom gives him no follow-on right to accept public funding under false pretenses.  Sometimes we have to make choices.  Taking money for scientific investigation and then using it to fund political advocacy isn’t an exercise in academic freedom.  It is, at best, an act of deviousness.  It sounds to me like a form of academic dishonesty, not an act of academic freedom.  But let me hold that criticism in abeyance.  If Professor Steiner can defend his actions without twisting the terms of academic freedom into self-serving knots, let him do so. 

We hope this exchange will open up the doors of debate over the role of advocacy in higher education and the true meaning of academic freedom.

Is NAS Conservative? A Conversation

Peter Wood

In response to our article noting the arrival of CampusReform.org, a reader commented:

The recent article on CampusReform.org has the following statement: "NAS is politically non-partisan. We do not take positions on issues such as health care, immigration, and foreign policy. And we believe that reason, civilization, intellectual freedom, civil debate, and the pursuit of the truth are principles that transcend the political lines that have traditionally divided most Americans. But we also believe that CampusReform.org has a potentially vital role to play in helping the beleaguered partisans of American conservatism get a fair intellectual shake at our universities and colleges." I strongly agree with the first two sentences, above. However, I have been increasingly disturbed that the NAS has a reputation of being a politically conservative organization, and the tentative endorsement of CampusReform.org will tend to strengthen this widespread belief . Further, statements like, "At each college subsite, students can also identify 'leftist faculty' and review 'biased textbooks,' while they may be appropriate to a conservative organization, are not appropriate to ours. I think this endorsement should be rewritten to make it clear that we are not endorsing a witch hunt of any kind and that our kind thoughts towards this organization has nothing to do with its conservatism, but only seeks to bring some balance into what has become a growing tendency to make liberalism an approved doctrine on college campuses. - John C. Wenger

I replied:

John C. Wenger’s comment raises some important points. NAS indeed has a reputation as a “conservative organization.” I’ve tried in numerous posts to address this, most conspicuously in an article titled, “Is NAS Conservative?” Plainly in the sense of the word used by most Americans when speaking of politics, NAS is not a conservative organization. We have been labeled “conservative” by opponents as a tactic aimed at de-legitimizing NAS in the eyes of fellow academics. The tactic itself displays the extraordinary level of bias in academe. Calling a person or a group “conservative” should on its face be neutral, but it is not. The matter is further complicated by the other, non-political meanings of the word “conservative.” NAS is not about to abandon its commitment to enduring principles, such as the foundational importance of the pursuit of truth in the university or the need for the university to find its place among free institutions, even if these principles are caricatured as dowdy and out-of-date by fashionable ideologues. So NAS is conservative in this larger civilizational sense. I disagree with John C. Wenger on the question of whether, to prove our purity, we ought to distance ourselves even further from groups such as CampusReform.org. We declined an invitation to participate in CampusReform.org, just as we would decline to participate in any organization that defines its primary purpose as political. CampusReform.org, however, promises to bring a badly needed element of ideological balance to campus debates, and we welcome that prospect. NAS can stand on its own record on the question of “witch hunts.” We’ve been around for 22 years without ever engaging in behavior that could be credibly characterized that way. At the same time, I have no objection to an explicitly partisan group such as CampusReform.org attempting to make its case by inviting students to identify “leftist faculty” and to review “biased textbooks.” The university left has made a central part of its activity over the last several decades the effort to identify (and often demean on spurious grounds) scholars who dissent from leftist positions, and fields such as women’s studies have long promoted the practice of combing textbooks for instances of “bias.” I don’t see a particularly good argument that these tactics should be allowable to the left but not to the right. They aren’t NAS’s tactics. Our ideal would be a de-politicized university. But the reality is that we now have a university that is overwhelmingly dominated by the political left, and with that in view, we welcome the challenge that CampusReform.org poses to the status quo. Will this arm’s-length welcome deepen NAS’s reputation as a “conservative” organization? I doubt it. We are routinely mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, and other publications as conservative. Nothing we say or do seems to shake this caricature. Not long ago, a liberal professor tried to involve us in a project to promote “civic literacy” on the terms that we would represent the “conservative” view of things. We declined on the grounds that we aren’t conservative and don’t speak for conservatives. He was incredulous, then angry. “Everybody knows…” Well, no everyone doesn’t. Distinctions need to be drawn. That is supposedly what scholars are good at. No fair-minded scholar looking at the facts would say that NAS is politically conservative. The label is inaccurate, but I am not going to form NAS policy in a deliberate—and no doubt futile—effort to disprove it. We will continue to make decisions on the basis of where we see the most benefit for the core principles of higher education. On that ground, CampusReform.org looks to be, on balance, a wholesome organization, and we do indeed welcome it.

Welcome to the NAS blog!

Ashley Thorne

Greetings! This is the first entry of the National Association of Scholars blog. We're glad you found us. We created this blog in order to keep our readers attuned to higher education news and up-to-date on articles posted on the NAS website. We are continuing to publish new articles every day, but we realize that sometimes a one or two thousand-word essay is a lot to swallow in the midst of a busy schedule. So we present this blog as a place you can check for quick updates with sound-byte versions of the originals.  Stay tuned for entries here contributed by our members and friends. In the meantime, check out our three most recent articles. In "What's Cooking," NAS president Peter Wood rounds up some of the latest issues in higher education:

  • The Virginia Tech "diversity" tenure and promotion requirement;

  • The professor who seems to have been fired for criticizing his college's sexual harassment policy;

  • EMU's eagerness to accomodate gays and lesbians;

  • A scholarly association's quandary when it schedules a conference at a hotel owned by a Prop. 8 supporter;

  • A new organization's stand against "21st-century skills"; and

  • Campus Reform, a new web-based effort to repair American higher education.

"Spring and Summer Highlights" presents our top 5-8 articles from each month since April. If  you've been on vacation and missed some of these, or if you want to revisit one of your favorites, this posting is a great place to catch up. Finally, in "What Good are People?" I wrote about the MAHB (Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior) and a new UK-based Handbook of Sustainability Literacy. The MAHB is a group led by Paul Ehrlich that wants to control population growth and figure out "what  people are for." And the handbook contains the skills and dispositions needed to be sustainably literate. These include "Gaia Awarenss," "Effortless Action," and "Social Concience."

NAS Website Brings the Facts to Light

Ashley Thorne

With the transformation of our website over the last year, we feel a bit as if we have emerged from a gloomy June into a warm sunny day.

Name Dropping

Peter Wood

Michael Jackson blurs, Governor Sanford trips, Farrah Fawcett strolls, and fermions chill out. NAS rides the news cycle.

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial to NAS: "Well Put."

Ashley Thorne

A nod to NAS as a dissenting voice.

400th Article

Ashley Thorne

Learn our secrets! Find what you missed in our first 400 articles. Browse by topic, by special series, by college/university, or by date.

Virginia Tech Follies, Roanoke Edition

Peter Wood

The Lost Colony caricatures both NAS and "diversity."

Twitter and Tube

Ashley Thorne

You can now follow NAS on Twitter and watch us on YouTube!

Oases of Excellence

Ashley Thorne

NAS highlights new programs in American studies or Western civilization.

Noose Professor Cites NAS in Lawsuit

Ashley Thorne

Madonna Constantine, the formerly tenured professor who was fired last year for plagiarism, is now filing a lawsuit against Columbia Teachers College. Her claim mentions an NAS article, "The Copyist and the Noose.

Chairman Stephen H. Balch Receives the Kirkpatrick Award - VIDEO

Steve Balch

Here is the video of remarks by NAS Chairman Steve Balch in accepting the Jeane Jordon Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award on February 27, 2009 from the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Letter to VT from Virginia Association of Scholars

Carey Stronach

A letter from NAS's Virginia affiliate to Virginia Tech President Charles Steger urging the university "to abandon its requirement that, in order to prosper, faculty must demonstrate attachment to the doctrine of diversity."

Friday Frogs Legs

Ashley Thorne

DiversityInc ratings, Residence life video, Affirmative action in California, Students "feel empty" and look to Great Books, Peter Wood in Inside Higher Ed, Is the internet stupefying students?, Letter to Obama: lose "achievement" and "rigor," Best surfing colleges

Tuesday Tangerine

Ashley Thorne

Going green, leapfrogging, and triggering

Monday Mudras

Peter Wood

Anger, going nowhere, help wanted, tenure blues, NAS power

Friday Frenemies

Ashley Thorne

Lesboprof weighs in, Churchill and Ayers, new social justice core, Barbie turns 50, and articles of the day

Thursday Thoughts

Ashley Thorne

Briefly noted: Social change vs. the classics, manliness, suggested articles, P2O defined, and expanding sustainability models.

A New Way to Keep Up With NAS: RSS Feed

Ashley Thorne

Stay fed - subscribe to our articles!

Civilization and the Spirit of Scholarship: On the Continuing Need for the National Association of Scholars Part II: A Dissenting Voice

Peter Wood

The second in a multi-part series by Peter Wood surveying the past, present, and future of the NAS.

Chocolate Rage

Peter Wood

New anger in America sets cultural trends, writes NAS Executive Director Peter Wood.

Congratulations President-Elect Obama

Steve Balch

We wish our nation's next leader every success in the service of America.

UPDATE: CAUT's Empty Accusations

Peter Wood

The AAUP Canadian counterpart tried some unoriginal smears on Argus and NAS; we set the record straight.

"Hurray! We Got Noticed!" ACPA's Response to NAS Residence Life Statement

Peter Wood

The American College Personnel Association responded to NAS's statement Rebuilding Campus Community: The Wrong Imperative by reaffirming its 1994 document, the Student Learning Imperative and "savoring the moment."

Social Work Update: Grammatically Challenged Social Work Boards Bewildered by English Language

Glenn Ricketts

Now on Sale

Peter Wood

Lovely handcrafted hobo sticks and bundles now available for purchase from NAS.

A Bill Becomes a Law

Peter Wood

NAS president Steve Balch and executive director Peter Wood tell about the American History for Freedom Program, a tiny gem in the massive newly-passed Higher Education Act.

"Big Argus" Meets the Playground Bullies

Peter Wood

Yesterday's IHE article, which framed the Argus project as a Big Brother operation, set the dervishes of the Left in motion. NAS executive director Peter Wood takes time to separate spin from fact.

National Association of Scowlers

Peter Wood

Introducing the other NAS: a disgruntled membership association of fist-shakers working to thwart new ideas and to sustain the tradition of grim solemnity and cranky curmudgeonhood in America

Business-as-Usual Bureaucrats Picnic with "I-Despise-America" Ideologues

Peter Wood

How state social work boards responded to "The Scandal of Social Work Education." So far.

Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me

Peter Wood

Our secret mission has been exposed.

NAS Is Moving

Peter Wood

On May 30, we will move in to our new office space near the Princeton airport.

Always Watching: The Argus Project

A call for volunteers

Is NAS Conservative?

Peter Wood

People for the American Way asserts that NAS is a "right-wing" organization. We take issue with this characterization and explain why. Join us outside the charmed circle.

Media Opacity

A response to Media Transparency's characterization of NAS.

The Social Work Story Develops

Key National Group Will Not Discuss NAS Social Work Report

Collateral Damage in Social Work

The release of NAS’s report, The Scandal of Social Work Education, has prompted follow-up reporting in the press and some reflection by a former student.