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

How Oberlin Played the Race Card and Lost

Peter Wood

Oberlin's administrators miss the message sent by a $44 million verdict against the college. 

Corporate Wolves in Academic Sheepskins, or, a Billionaire’s Raid on the University of Tulsa

Jacob Howland

A sordid little tale of crony capitalism under the guise of public philanthropy.

Disinviting Scholarship


The U.S. Army War College disinvited scholar Raymond Ibrahim as deference to CAIR. This sets a dangerous precedent that threatens American interests and endangers the lives of American soldiers.

Episode #33: A Once Great University with Martin Burke

Peter Wood

The City University of New York has a reputation for providing high-quality education to the poor, working class, and immigrants of New York City. CUNY Professor Martin Burke joins me to discuss CUNY's history and future.

Introducing Communications Intern Lucas Ebel


Join us in welcoming our most recent addition to the NAS team!

How Anti-Semitism Became a Staple of 'Woke' Activism on Campus

Dion J. Pierre

The intertwined history of campus activism and anti-semitism. 

Restoring the Promise

Peter Wood

A review of NAS board member Richard Vedder's new book, Restoring the Promise

Episode #32: Fixing College Costs with Richard Vedder

Peter Wood

Rich Vedder discusses the economics behind the skyrocketing cost of higher education.

Demands for Segregated Housing at Williams College Are Not News

Dion J. Pierre

Colleges across the country segregate dorms, clubs, orientations, and graduations.

Episode #31: Last Month, Today

Peter Wood

The NAS staff run through the news stories of the last month. Listen in as we discuss adversity scores, the college admissions scandal, and a Washington State law the reinstates racial preferences in hiring and admissions.

Some Good News for Advocates of Intellectual Freedom

Christopher Kendall

Six brave students take a stand for intellectual freedom. 

Episode #30: The Death of Common Sense with Philip Howard

Peter Wood

Regulations often have unintended consequences such as hurting the very people they are written to protect. I speak with Philip Howard about common sense regulatory reforms that save money and make bureaucracies work.

On Adversity Scores


NAS President Peter Wood criticizes the College Board's proposed new "adversity scores."

Neo-Segregation Toolkit and Conference Call


Join us today at 2:00 PM Eastern for a conference call to discuss the rise of neo-segregation—and what can be done to encourage integration. NAS’s lead researcher, Dion J. Pierre, will present NAS’s findings and some proposals for reform.

Episode #29: Faculty Unions with Daniel DiSalvo

Peter Wood

A conversation on the place of unions on campus, from faculty to grad students, and the recent case of St. Cloud University Professor Kathleen Uradnik. Our expert guest is an assistant professor at CUNY and a senior fellow at MI.

Oregon Moves Toward "Inclusive" Curriculum

Glenn Ricketts

Oregon affiliate president Bruce Gilley weighs in against proposed curricular changes.

Episode #28: The Civility Trap with Rusty Reno

Peter Wood

What purpose does civility serve? How can it be misused? Listen in as I discuss these questions and more with Rusty Reno.

A Letter to the Editors

Peter Wood

Accusations are often a short-cut to national attention.

Free to Speak: A Toolkit for Reforming the Higher Education Act


Do you want to protect free thought on campus? Help NAS reform the Higher Education Act by using the tools in this handy toolkit!

Neo-Segregation at Yale

Peter Wood

Separate but Equal, Again? Dion J. Pierre argues that 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, Yale still segregates students by race.

Event Overview: Neo-Segregation at Yale


Did you miss our launch event? Read this for a brief of Peter Wood's and Dion J. Pierre's presentation. A link to the Livestream is included.

Toolkit and Conference Call on “Free to Speak”

Rachelle Peterson

Join the NAS this Friday, May 3rd as we discuss free speech protections for the Higher Education Act. 

Report: Neo-Segregation at Yale


NAS launches its latest report studying the history and growth of neo-segregation in American higher education.

The Higher Education Act Must Protect Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

More than 100 scholars and institutions sign a petition asking Congress to protect First Amendment rights on campus through the HEA. 

How Nine Universities Pander to Campus Radicals

Peter Wood

Peter gives the best examples of where and how university administrations are rolling over to campus radicals. 

Episode #25: The Grad School Mess with Leonard Cassuto

Peter Wood

Does grad school need reform? Professor Cassuto and I discuss this and the secret history of American crime stories. 

Free to Speak: Reforming the Higher Education Act


More than 100 scholars and writers call on Congress to strip public universities of eligibility for federal student loans when they violate the First Amendment. 

Florida Defends Intellectual Freedom on Campus


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has asked all Florida university presidents to sign a resolution protecting free speech.

Episode #24: The Never Ending College Story with Cheyne Zeller

Peter Wood

Peter is joined by his personal trainer for a conversation on the allure of a four-year degree, the struggles and debt these students face, and the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Launch Event! Separate but Equal, Again: Neo-Segregation in American Higher Education


Join the National Association of Scholars in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2019, for the launch event of our latest report. 

A Tribute to Paul Hollander

Steve Balch

From an early age, Paul knew that ideas had consequences and that the worst of these could be terrible indeed. 

U Need a Shine?

Peter Wood

The story of a Shine-O-Mat from Midtown Manhattan in need of a home. 

Paul Hollander (1932-2019)


Professor Hollander was an extraordinary man and a guiding hand to NAS.

Racial Preferences at Texas Tech


The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights negotiated an end to racial preferences at the Texas university. What does it say about the future of these policies at other schools?

Episode #23: Calvin Coolidge and the Self-Made Scholar

Peter Wood

Amity Shlaes discusses the New Deal, Calvin Coolidge, and her story as a self-made scholar.

Academic Freedom Must Be Preserved


An open letter to the president, provost, and board of trustees of Villanova University to rescind a recent rule that enforces ideological conformity and threatens academic freedom. 

Episode #22: The Legacy of Reconstruction


Peter W. Wood is joined by Gene Dattel and author and scholar on race in America. We discuss the history of reconstruction, reparations, civil rights, and Black separatist movements. 

Episode #21: Last Month Today, March Newscast


March was a busy month, from college admission scandals to free speech executive orders we had our hands full. Listen in and hear what the NAS staff has to say about March's biggest higher education news stories.

Today: Toolkit and Conference Call on the Politicization of the College Board


How did the College Board become so thoroughly politicized? What else can be done to ensure that high school students receive an unbiased, rigorous education? 

China’s Insidious Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Senator Rob Portman asks the right questions on Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes.

Christopher Columbus: Villain or Hero?

Peter Wood

In the episode, Peter W. Wood is joined by Professor Bob Carle. They discuss his recent article in Academic Questions on Christopher Columbus and the redeeming heroes made into villains.

Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in South Dakota


South Dakota leads the way in protecting liberties necessary for the pursuit of truth. 

25 Years of "A Word A Day"

David Randall

A website with a love of words marks its 25 year.

Oh, the Varsity Blues

David Randall

What's wrong with American colleges? Admissions departments are a small microcosm of large scale corruption.

What is High Culture For?


Peter Wood interviews Nathaniel Peters of the Morningside Institute. 

A Campus Free Speech Executive Order

Our recommendations for executive action on Free Speech. 

Criticizing Confucius Institutes


Three new reports from the federal government and from the UK reiterate NAS’s concerns: Confucius Institutes need to go. 

Harry Clor, 1929-2018

Glenn Ricketts

Remembering a gentleman and a scholar.

Episode #17: Last Month Today (February News Edition)

Peter Wood

Peter W. Wood is joined by the NAS staff to discuss the news of February and what they're looking at in the month ahead.

Clearing the Air: Racial Preferences in Classics Studies Revisited

David Randall

How will the classics die? We revisit a controversy in the field with new evidence. 

Loose Definitions


A bill in the Oregon legislature has drawn ire for comparing genocide to the daily plight of microaggressions and appropriation. 

Episode #16: Rob Koons on Philosophy and the Good Life


Listen in as Peter W. Wood and Rob Koons discuss some of the larger questions of life. 

China Infiltrates US Colleges and Universities


NAS Director of Policy, Rachelle Peterson was interviewed by Fox New earlier this month on Beijing's continued effort to plant a stake at American colleges. 

How Higher Education Incubated the Eco-Socialism of the Green New Deal

Rachelle Peterson

Sustainability is an ideology in which protecting the environment also concerns protecting society from dangers of any kind. But at what cost?

Episode #15: Steve Balch and the Story of NAS

Peter Wood

Steve Balch, NAS's founder, joins Peter W. Wood for an hour of discussion on the story of NAS, the study of Western Civilization, and his hopes for the future of American higher education.

Senate Republicans' Higher Ed Agenda Leaves Much to be Desired

Rachelle Peterson

The Senate’s outgoing education chairman is focusing on reforms that are worthwhile but paltry compared to the problems of politicization and trivialization in higher education.

NAS Awards the Fraser Barron Scholarship to Janice Gunther Martin


The NAS has awarded Janice Gunther Martin the 2019 Fraser Barron Memorial Scholarship in Renaissance & Western History.

Racial Preferences Shakes a Classical Studies Conference

David Randall

A conference erupted in outrage after a member openly criticized racial preferences. 

The Campus Intellectual Diversity Act

Stanley Kurtz

Model state-level legislation to promote intellectual diversity on campus.  

NAS Endorses the Campus Intellectual Diversity Act

Peter Wood

Let's restore intellectual rigor and diversity to higher education. 

Required Reading


A State Representative in Iowa has introduced a bill to make Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago a required read for high school graduation.

Episode #14: Regulatory Overreach with Larry Kogan


Peter W. Wood interviews Larry Kogan on sustainability. Join us as Larry takes us on an expedition to the dark underbelly of the regulatory regime.

Episode #13: Last Month Today (January)


Peter W. Wood sits down with the NAS staff to discuss higher education news and themes from January.

Some Thoughts on the A.P.A. Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men

Dave Peterson

A response to the American Psychological Association's recent guidance for men and boys. 

Academy for Retribution


Peter W. Wood writes a letter to the President of Portland State University urging the institution to end its use of academic disciplinary procedures to harass Professor Boghossian. 

Episode #12: Elitist Status Symbols with Darel Paul

Peter Wood

Peter W. Wood sits down with Darel Paul, a professor of political science at Wiliams College and author of From Tolerance to Equality.

What Groucho Marx Can Teach Us About Liberal Education

Jon D. Schaff

The world wearies of defenses of liberal education and the humanities. 

Silencing via Sexual Accusation

Keith Whitaker

A brief history and critique of the Department of Education's proposed Title IX regulations. 

Episode #11: The Case for Freethinkers with Bruce Gilley


Peter interviews Bruce Gilley about "The Case for Colonialism," the troubles of Professor Boghossian, and the Academy's intolerance. 

Episode #10: Jay Nordlinger and the Politics of Shame


Listen in as Peter and Jay discuss how America has become a shame culture, shame in our personal lives, and public outrage. 

Teaching History

Procopius Occidens

What bias do history books want us to teach?

Don't Ignore Government's Contribution to the Reproduction Crisis

David Randall

Science continues to evade its complicity in the irreproducibility crisis. 

Curriculum Vitae, Episode #9: Renaissance Men with William Meyers


Listen in as Peter and William Meyers discuss photography, studying subjects outside your own, and the small business experience.

Episode #8: The Cultural Heartbeat with Nahma Sandrow


In this week's edition of Curriculum Vitae, Peter Wood sits down to discuss her career in Yiddish theatre. 

New Policy Supports Freedom of Speech and Intellectual Diversity


The South Dakota Board of Regents have adopted a statement to promote these freedoms on campus. 

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #7


Jude Russo, Rachelle Peterson, and David Randall sit down with Peter Wood to talk about the books they have been reading and those they recommend for the year ahead.

Episode 6: Race, Crime, and Culture with Barry Latzer


On this episode of Curriculum Vitae, Peter Wood and Barry Latzer discuss race, crime, and Barry’s battles with the progressive guardians of the publishing world.

Peter Wood Recipient of 2018 Impact Awards


Peter Wood recognized for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to freedom, liberty and the Constitution throughout his career and daily life. 

Herbert London: A Personal Appreciation

Steve Balch

Steve Balch reflects on the life of Herb London. 

Leading GOP Politicians Oppose Campus Due Process

Mitchell Langbert

Politicians continue to oppose common-sense reform of Title IX. 

Today: Toolkit and Conference Call on Proposed Title IX Regulations


A citizen's guide to submitting a comment to the Department of Education.

Socialism: Then and Now

Svetozar Pejovich

Is the rising socialism in America home-grown socialism or a replica of the three types of socialism from the last century? 

Reform by Executive Order

Thomas K. Lindsay

Congressional reform of higher education is a long shot. Can the President push reform from the bully pulpit?

The Dog that Didn’t Bark

Steve Balch

Steve Balch explains that higher education reform under President Trump has a rocky road ahead. 

Activist in Residence

Rachelle Peterson

Naomi Klein’s addition to Rutgers’ faculty roster appears to be a further step in aligning the public, taxpayer-supported institution with hard-left partisanship.

Unorthodox Ideas


The Winter 2018 issue of Academic Questions at a glance. 

Episode #5: Argument by Epithet with Mark Bauerlein


Peter W. Wood sits down with Mark Bauerlein to discuss his recent article in Academic Questions and argument by epithet. 

Ambient Rage

Peter Wood

A review of Howard S. Schwartz's Political Correctness and the Destruction of the Social Order: Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self.

Work on Federal Student Aid Reform and Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

Congress should reform student aid and protect intellectual freedom. 

Opposing Communist Chinese Spies Isn’t Racist

Rachelle Peterson

Is it racist to protect American colleges from foreign meddling? 

In Memoriam: Roger Beckett


NAS remembers Roger Beckett.

Time to Found a New University

Warren Treadgold

A major new university dedicated to academic excellence and freedom is what America needs.

Focus on Reining in the American Bar Association

Allen Mendenhall

Congress is divided, with Democrats holding a majority in the House and Republicans in the Senate. What does this mean for higher education? The first installment of our forum on the transfer of power. 

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #4


In this episode of Curriculum Vitae, Peter W. Wood and Johnathan Leaf discuss how art transformed from a pursuit of excellence into a political spectical. 

Comments On The Proposed Title IX Regulations


Peter Wood writes to Education Secretary DeVos with comments on the proposed Title IX regulations.

Appreciating Tom Wolfe (1930-2018)

Carol Iannone

In remembrance of the man who critiqued a century.

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #3


Peter W. Wood sits down with KC Johnson to unpack what happened to Title IX and what should be done to fix it.

Mediocre Books Confirmed

Peter Wood

A comment on a recent study noting the unchallenging nature of common reading program books. 

Racial Preferences at Harvard


NAS Board Member Professor Gail Heriot introduces a panel on Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

Making Government Policy Reproducible


NAS urges the Department of Transportation to create transparent guidelines on data and research methodology.

A Eulogy of Herbert London

Norman Podhoretz

Norman Podhoretz reflects on the life of Herb London. 

Curriculum Vitae: Podcast #2


Peter W. Wood sits down with NAS Director of Research David Randall to discuss the College Board. 

Western Civilization


A citizen's guide on the necessity of studying Western Civilization.

The Passing of Herbert London


Herbert London passed away on November 10; the National Association of Scholars mourns his passing.

Announcing Our Podcast, Curriculum Vitae


In our inaugural podcast, NAS President Peter W. Wood sits down with Dennis Saffran to discuss Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

Do The Oppressed Really Know Best?

Spencer Case

What weight difference should be placed on "lived experience?"

Toolkit: Making Science Reproducible


A citizen's guide to the science education, funding, and reform. 

Harvard's Discrimination Isn't 'Likeable'

David Randall

Racial preferences are unpopular. Who would have thought?

On Point with Peter Wood


On Wednesday, NAS President Peter Wood spoke to NPR’s On Point’s Meghna Chakrabarti about the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

Hamilton: An American Musical - Its National Influence as Art

William H. Young

William Young finds much to praise in the hit musical.

Common Reading for Common Activism

David Randall

Common reading programs should be for exposing college students to excellent literature, not propaganda. 

Hannah Arendt, Between Future and Past

Edward R. Dougherty

Hannah Arendt envisioned the collapse of Western civilization. Are we living through it? How near to truth was her prediction?

Shedding Humanity, Shredding the Humanities

Anthony Esolen

An incident with a student provides the occasion for Anthony Esolen’s exposition of how identity politics has made humanities education nearly impossible and the “very notion of a common good nearly inconceivable.”

Measuring Sexual Assault on Campus: The Clery Report Challenge

Dan Subotnik

A careful dissection of the most widely used surveys on campus sexual assaults indicates that the problem might be something less than the scourge it is often portrayed as.

Securing Free Speech and Free Inquiry on Campus

Vincent Phillip Muñoz

Lessons from Charles Murray’s Visit to Notre Dame.

Angri-culture and Disagreement

Peter Wood

Testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on the state of intellectual freedom in the United States. 

Low Expectations: A Toolkit for the Aim Higher Act

Rachelle Peterson

A citizen's toolkit to the Aim Higher Act. 

Accusation Studies

Peter Wood

Trial by accusation has become standard, where did it find its start?

Conjuring Pushkin

Peter Wood

A review of playwright Jonathan Leaf's and director Christopher McElroen's play Pushkin.

The Irreproducibility Crisis Claims Another Victim

Chance Layton

David Randall writes on the firing of Cornell scientist Brian Wansink and the ongoing problem of irreproducibility. 

Mice, P-hacking, and More Irreproducible Science

Peter Wood

Another study stinks of irreproducible science.

Aim Higher Act: Setting Lower Standards for Higher Ed


An analysis of the House Democrats' alternative to the PROSPER Act. 

Regulatory Discrimination: Why NAS Opposes the Gainful Employment Rule


NAS comments on the proposal to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule. 

Helping Higher Education Prosper

Rachelle Peterson

The Higher Education Act is in need of reform. What will replace it, and what can you do to help?

Defining the Fine Arts

Michelle Marder Kamhi

NAS member Michelle Marder Kamhi responds to the Fine Arts: Brief.

Hillsdale's Common Reading Program

David Randall

 A common reading program deserving of replication.

The Incoming Flood of College Freshmen Won’t Learn How To Write

John Maguire

John G. Maguire discusses how to improve college students’ writing.

Texas Association of Scholars Supports the PROSPER Act


The Texas affiliate of NAS writes to Congress in support of the PROSPER Act.

NAS Applauds the Univ. of North Florida’s Decision to Close Confucius Institute


Following questions from Senator Marco Rubio, the University of North Florida becomes the ninth US university to close a Confucius Institute.

Making Higher Education Accountable

David Randall

How do we get from "Admissions Officer" to "Pell Grant Harvester"? David Randall gives us the story and how to reform colleges in this speech from Grove City College.

An Open Letter in Support of a Besieged Academic


Rachel Fulton Brown seems unusually friendless as she defends against derisive epithets from colleagues and hecklers. NAS is calling for academics and their institutions to sign this letter in her support.

Divesting Freedom: The Fossil Fuel Divestment’s Campaign Against Civic Debate

Rachelle Peterson

NAS Policy Director Rachelle Peterson spoke in New Orleans, LA on the future of divestment.

Invitation to Comment on the Proposed Rescinding of the Gainful Employment Rule


The Department of Education has proposed to rescind the "Gainful Employment Rule." 

How The Great Society Made a Mess of Higher Education

Spencer Kashmanian

"LBJ's federal interventions created a system in which students are the greatest losers."

How America Lost Its Scientific Edge and How to Get It Back

Chance Layton

NAS member Edward Dougherty writes on the decline of science and remedies to make Americans competitive once again.

Righteous Witness

John E. Staddon

John Staddon writes about Duke University and the new religion.

Defense Bill Limits Funding for Colleges with Confucius Institutes


An amendment by Senator Ted Cruz targets Department of Defense funding for colleges. 

An Open Letter to the College Board on AP: World History

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes to the College Board to propose reforms to the revised AP: World History exam. 

Turning a Blind Eye To Academic Dishonesty

Peter Wood

Last week NAS President Peter Wood wrote to University of Houston President Renu Khator asking for a review of a high profile case of plagiarism. 

NAS State Affiliates Support the PROSPER Act

Rachelle Peterson

NAS state affiliates write in on the PROSPER Act.

Is Service-Learning a Disservice to Philosophy?


NAS member Spencer Case writes on the use of service-learning in philosophy.

Why Non-Scientists Need To Study the Philosophy of Science

Edward R. Dougherty

NAS Member Edward R. Dougherty writes on what all students should know about scientific epistemology.

The Misappropriation of Madison and Montpelier

William H. Young

William Young discusses the ideologically revised exhibits at James Madison's homestead.

The Establishment Defends Irreproducibility

David Randall

NAS Director of Research David Randall argues that high reproducibility standards are practical.

A Legacy Gifted


The National Association of Scholars honors Professor Samuel Bluefarb, a long-time and stalwart supporter of the NAS.

Turkey's Disappearing Miracle

Chance Layton

Turkey's universities strengthed academic freedom over the last three decades, now it faces extinction. What went wrong?

A Trustee for Free Speech


Jamie Kirchick collects Yale alumni signatures in his campaign to join the Yale Board of Trustees.

Confucius Institutes: Centers of Chinese Cultural Exchange, or Trojan Horses


PODCAST: Rachelle Peterson sits down with Ben Weingarten, host of "Big Ideas" to discuss Confucius Institutes.

Reviving the American History for Freedom Program

Steve Balch

Former NAS President Steve Balch writes on the efforts to revive and refund AHF.

Oregon Campuses Need Intellectual Freedom

Bruce Gilley

NAS Oregon Affiliate President Bruce Gilley writes in support of the PROSPER Act.

Moving Against Racial Discrimination


A statement on the Departments of Education and Justice decision to repeal seven guidelines on racial preferences in college admissions.

Weighing the Proposed Department of Education and the Workforce


President Trump floats a possible merger of the Department of Education and Labor. NAS weighs the proposal on its merits. 

A Ceiling on Asian Student Enrollment at MIT and Harvard?

Ashley Thorne

A new study, Too Many Asian Americans, provides evidence for racial discrimination in college admissions. 

The PROSPER Act: An Updated Toolkit on the Higher Education Act


A citizen's guide to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. 

Issue Brief: Science


What does NAS think about trends in science education? Read our position.

Issue Brief: Fine Art


What does NAS think about the fine arts? Read our position.

Issue Briefs


A letter from NAS President Peter Wood introducing our new Issue Briefs and requesting comments from the membership of NAS.

UPDATED: NAS Public Comment on Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science


NAS has submitted an updated public comment to the EPA on the proposed rule to increase transparency in science used to make public policy.

Invitation: Inside the PROSPER Act

Rachelle Peterson

Join our conference call on Friday, June 22, to learn about the Higher Education Act reauthorization.

Thinking Small in the Age of Greatness

Peter Wood

Universities seek micro-credentials as an alternative to traditional course studies; is that a problem? 

Defending a Debased Version of the Liberal Arts

Peter Wood

The AAUP and AAC&U issue statement in support of a hollowed liberal arts.

Is College For Everyone?

Peter Wood

Doubts about the possibilities of higher education are becoming non-partisan.

NAS Submits Testimony on Confucius Institutes


NAS policy director Rachelle Peterson submits written testimony to the United Kingdom on Confucius Institutes.

Can Reason Win?


The Summer 2018 issue of Academic Questions at a glance. 

An Open Call for Reviewers


The Department of Education is seeking grant reviewers.

A Giving Tree's Unknown Clauses


NAS sends an open letter to George Mason University urging President Cabrera to hire an external investigator.

NAS Reform Ideas Announced in Congress


In a speech to the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx quoted extensively from NAS's Rachelle Peterson on the Higher Education Act. 

Congress, Pass the PROSPER Act for Federal Student Aid Reform

Rachelle Peterson

The PROSPER Act represents the best chance for higher education reform in decades.

NAS Applauds Ted Cruz's Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act


NAS is pleased to see the introduction of this new bill which provides further transparency of foreign governments' activities on American campuses.

PROSPER Act: A Strong Start to Higher Ed Reform

A statement on proposed reforms to the Higher Education Act

Freedom to Learn: A Toolkit on the Higher Education Act


A citizen's toolkit on the Higher Education Act reauthorization and reform.

Open Letter to Nature

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood replies to Naomi Oreskes.

Irreproducibility and Climate Science

Edward Reid

Edward Reid discusses how the irreproducibility crisis affects climate science.

David Randall: A Brief Reply to Zeke Hausfather

David Randall

Irreproducibility Crisis co-author David Randall replies to Zeke Hausfather on climate science archiving.

Zeke Hausfather on Climate Science Archiving

Zeke Hausfather

Zeke Hausfather writes about the Bates/Karl debate on climate science archiving.

Job Opening: Controller/Human Resources Director


NAS is hiring a Controller/Human Resources Director.

A study in perception: Feelings cause…feelings

John E. Staddon

Statistical correlations and thousands of subjects are not enough.

Letter to Syracuse University Chancellor on Ambassador Dayan Event

Peter Wood

Syracuse University must publicly disavow the disruption of Israeli Ambassador Dayan's talk and take disciplinary action against the student disruptors.

George Mason University's Confucius Institute: A Letter to GMU's President

Peter Wood

GMU's Confucius Institute has many strings attached and deserves to be added to the list of gifts being investigated by the GMU president.

How China's regime is meddling in American higher education

Rachelle Peterson

More information about how China uses Confucius Institutes to spread the regime's whitewashed version of its history and policies.

NAS Public Comment on Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science


NAS has submitted a public comment to the EPA on the proposed rule to increase transparency in science used to make public policy.

Hanban Triage: A DC Panel Tries to Save Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

A thorough analysis of the recent Confucius Institute event held in Washington, D.C.

No More Secret Science, Needs No More Secret Economics

Darren Brady Nelson

A look at EPA Secretary Pruitt's proposed rule about secret science, The Irreproducibility Crisis, and more.

Western Civilization's Ticking Clock

Ashley Thorne

A new documentary, The Fight for Our Lives, details the ideological war against the West. 

A New Script for Shoutdowns

Peter Wood

An NAS member's observations on a heckle-down at UCLA.

CUNY's Lawless Law Students


NAS writes to the City University of New York's Chancellor, James Milken, following the no platforming of Josh Blackman.

Makeover: An Event in DC Tries to Rehabilitate the Image of Confucius Institutes


The Hanban stages a panel to brush off serious critiques about Confucius Institutes. 

Comment on the Irreproducibility Crisis: Henry H. Bauer

Henry H. Bauer

Henry H. Bauer comments on The Irreproducibility Crisis.

Letter to AAUP President: Let's Work Together to Address Confucius Institutes

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes to AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum about the concerns we share regarding Confucius Institutes.

NAS Launches New Report: "The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science"


This study examines the different aspects of the reproducibility crisis of modern science, and includes a series of policy recommendations.

CCSU Affirmative Action Plan Discriminates

Jay Bergman

One professor calls out Central Connecticut State University's practice of discriminating on the basis of race, ethnicity and gender.

How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

Download an updated PDF that lists all of the Confucius Institutes in the United States, along with information on who to contact if you have concerns.

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Howard S. Schwartz

Howard Schwartz explores the psychological roots of accusations of racism.

Teaching History for Liberty

David Randall

The text of a recent speech given at Case Western Reserve University by NAS's Director of Research.

Countering Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Introducing the first NAS Confucius Institutes toolkit that provides resources and ideas to address these Chinese government-funded centers.

Honoring Academic Courage: An Evening with Amy Wax


Join NAS on Thursday, April 12, 2018 when we honor Professor Amy Wax for her academic courage. 

U.S. Schools are Falling for China's Propaganda Campaign

Rachelle Peterson

American universities will need to choose between money and truth when it comes to Confucius Institutes.

NAS Statement on Free Speech Resolution at Lewis & Clark Law School


After invited speaker Christina Hoff Sommers was shouted down, some faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School want to protect intellectual freedom.

Why a Penn Professor Was Vilified for Telling the Truth About Race

Peter Wood

These days, saying uncomfortable truths aloud can get you banned from teaching First Year law students.

From Suffrage to Suppression: Women Now Lead in Anti-Speech Sentiment

Keli Carender

Free speech advocates must figure out why women support restrictions on free speech at a higher rate than men.

Another Incoherent Protest This Time by Law Students

Peter Wood

At Minding the Campus, NAS President Peter Wood writes about the lack of consequences that protesters face after disrupting campus speakers.

Get China's Pernicious Confucius Institutes Out of US colleges

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes at The Hill about six practical steps the US government can take in response to Confucius Institutes. 

NAS Awards Fraser Barron Scholarship to Eleanor Schneider


The NAS has awarded Eleanor Schneider the 2018 Fraser Barron Memorial Scholarship in Renaissance & Western History.

The Real Fallout From High School Walkouts

Peter Wood

Writing at Minding the Campus, NAS President Peter Wood discusses how student walkouts subordinate education to the quest for power.

Seth Forman Joins NAS Staff

Peter Wood

NAS welcomes Seth Forman, the new Managing Editor of Academic Questions.

Chilling Sommers: Another Blow to Discourse

Emina Melonic

At American Greatness, Emina Melonic asks what can be done about the increasingly frequent suppression of speech by indoctrinated college students.

Professor Amy Wax in the News


NAS Board Member Amy Wax's 2017 op-ed is still making waves in 2018.

The Oscars, Oppression, and Our Mal-educated Citizenry

Keli Carender

The Oscars are yet another example of how American civics education has been corrupted.

A Resource for Donors Seeking Best Ways to Give

Martin Morse Wooster

Martin Wooster recommends NAS to donors as an organization that promotes intellectual diversity on college campuses.

Anti-Israel Protesters Disrupt Event at UVA

Peter Wood

A panel featuring Israeli military reservists was shouted down last Thursday night at the University of Virginia.

‘Reforming’ Confucius Institutes

NAS policy director Rachelle Peterson explains at American Greatness why we should be wary of China's efforts to makeover the image of Confucius Institutes.

Senator Rubio Calls Attention to Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

This morning, in a Senate hearing on worldwide threats to the United States, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged that the FBI has been monitoring and investigating Confucius Institutes.

Peter Wood Discusses Threats to Academic Freedom on Fox and Friends


NAS President Peter Wood appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss our report, Charting Academic Freedom, as well as the biggest threats to academic freedom.

Academia is Overdue for a Reality Check

Emina Melonic

Emina Melonic writes at American Greatness about academic ideologues and the desire to deny reality and truth.

Charting Academic Freedom: 103 Years of Debate


The National Association of Scholars is pleased to offer Charting Academic Freedom: 103 Years of Debate. What follows is our chart of fourteen major statements on academic freedom, broken down into 25 categories. The sudden increase in statements on academic freedom clearly is a reflex of new worries and concerns. We believe that our chart will be of value to those who are wrestling with these issues.

National Association of Scholars Releases New Resource for Academic Freedom


RELEASE: Today marks the release of a first-of-its-kind reference for academic freedom, and an important resource for those standing against the threat of intellectal conformity in American higher education.

NYC Launch Tomorrow for Charting Academic Freedom


Join NAS on Thursday, February 1 for the release of our newest report, Charting Academic Freedom: 103 Years of Debate

The New Campus Anti-Americanism


NAS President Peter Wood writes at Minding the Campus about what he calls Renascent Anti-Americanism, and shares reasons why Americans should have hope that this new form of anti-Americanism will not persist.

UConn Coddling Students

Jay Bergman

NAS board member, Jay Bergman, writes to the President of the University of Connecticut. 

Pressure Mounts to Close Confucius Institutes on College Campuses

Rachelle Peterson

One year later and NAS's report on the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes is still making waves.

Law Professors Discuss Intellectual Diversity

Gail Heriot

Intellectual diversity was a topic of debate and discussion at a recent meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.

Chance Layton Joins NAS Staff

Peter Wood

NAS welcomes Chance Layton, our new Membership Coordinator.

Charting Academic Freedom: 103 Years of Debate - 2/1/2018 in New York City


Join us in New York City for the launch of NAS’s latest project, Charting Academic Freedom, a comparison of every major statement on intellectual freedom over the last century. 

In Memoriam: Milt Rosenberg

Steve Balch

The professor turned talk show host kept conversations highbrow while winning a nationwide audience's love. 

In Memoriam: Bruce Cole

Steve Balch

The former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities was a gentleman scholar committed to serving the nation. 

Professor's Racial Harassment of White Student was 'Personal'

Dion J. Pierre

A Native American professor at San Diego State University racially harassed a white student, the California State Department of Justice concluded last week.

Modern vs. Western Thought: America's Affliction

William H. Young

William Young concludes this series with an examination of the long term effects of modern thought in American higher education.

The Campaign to Reform the College Board, Continued


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

Keli Carender Joins NAS Staff

Peter Wood

NAS welcomes Keli Carender, our new Director of Communications.

On Rubrics and Broken Windows

Bruce Brasington

Bruce Brasington discusses the effects of the AP European History examination.

Reading The Age of Jackson in the Age of Trump


NAS Staff members read and comment on Arthur Schlesinger's The Age of Jackson.

Modern vs. Western Thought: The Return of Bacon's Idols

William H. Young

William Young examines the return of idols which Francis Bacon had sought to banish

Does Trump Threaten Science?

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood critiques a polemic by the American Association of University Professors.

Higher Education's Deeper Sickness

John M. Ellis

John Ellis argues for measures that would increase intellectual diversity and reduce politicization in colleges. 

VIDEO: The Anti-American Bias of American Higher Education

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood discusses the anti-American bias in Higher Education. 

Societal Threats from Ideologically Driven Science

Edward J. Calabrese

Personal bias has gotten in the way of good science. 

Dreaming of a Black Christmas

Dion J. Pierre

UCLA Prof. Melina Abdullah recently called for a "Black Christmas" as a protest against capitalism. This idea is nothing new. 

A Famous Victory


NAS Director of Communications David Randall criticizes the AP European History exam at The Claremont Review of Books.

College Board Improves European History Course--But Not Enough: Churchill In, Columbus Still Out


PRESS RELEASE: NAS assesses the College Board's response to our critique of their Advanced Placement European History Examination.

Churchill In, Columbus Still Out: A Half-Loaf from the College Board

David Randall

The College Board makes a superficial response to NAS' critique of their AP European history standards.

Jihadi Art at John Jay

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews an exhibit of art at John Jay College by Guantanamo prisoners.

Peter Wood Reviews "The Square"


Peter Wood reviews Ruben Östlund's new movie on modern art.

When Students Kill Important College Courses

Carol Iannone

Carol Iannone writes on the effect of the destruction of Western Civilization courses.

Not in the Giving Vein Today?

Peter Wood

NAS is sitting out Giving Tuesday.

Peter Wood Reviews "The Fight"


Peter Wood reviews Jonathan Leaf's new play based on the feud between Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.

NAS Gives Thanks

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes on Thanksgiving.

Modern vs. Western Thought: Relativism vs. Virtue

William H. Young

William Young examines the dominance of relativism in contemporary moral thinking.

What the Tax-Reform Law Could do to Higher Education

Peter Wood

The new tax-reform bill has the potential to reshape the landscape of higher education. 

Induction in Science

Ulrich Ulrich Gerlach

NAS Member Ulrich Gerlach continues the conversation on modern science’s epistemological crisis.

Now Hiring: Communications Associate


NAS is hiring a Communications Associate.

Clemson’s Colin Kaepernick Moment

Dion J. Pierre

Clemson University deals with issues of race and sexual-assualt. 

Black Liberals and White Rednecks

Dion J. Pierre

Impoverished Whites and underprivileged African-Americans have more in common than meets the eye. 

Amy Wax on Dissent and Disagreement at Penn Law

Amy L. Wax

Professor Amy Wax comments on the suppression of free thought at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

NAS Receives Bulldog Award


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

Why Scientists Need to Study the Philosophy of Science

Edward R. Dougherty

NAS Member Edward R. Dougherty writes on the epistemological crisis confronting modern science.

Disrupting Campus Speakers is Not Just a Free-Speech Problem

Peter Wood

Interrupting speakers represents not just an assualt on free-speech, but a breakdown in civility. 

David Horowitz: Battlefield Notes from a War Gone Unnoticed

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews David Horowitz's new book, "The Left in the University."

Protecting Academic Freedom Through All the Campus Smoke

Peter Wood

Protecting freedom of speech means shielding it from the left and the right. 

Video: Education and the Federal Government

David Randall

NAS Director of Communications David Randall presents steps the Federal government should take to guarantee individual liberty on college campuses. 

Civics Education Must Be Liberal Education

Ian Lindquist

Ian Lindquist writes on the flaws of civics education, and on how it can be improved.

We Need a Radio Free America on Campus

Peter Wood

It has become critical that we build and maintain bastions of free thought on college campuses. 

The Article that Made 16,000 Ideologues Go Wild

Peter Wood

The response to Professor Gilley's "The Case for Colonialism" underscores the need for a renewed focus on academic freedom. 

Modern vs. Western Thought: Power vs Achievement

William H. Young

William Young discusses the decline of the traditional American work ethic and its replacement by identity-group entitlement.

Campus Speech and Anti-Klan Laws


NAS Member Jay Weiser writes on the legal remedies available to preserve free speech on campus.

NAS Commends Sessions' Decision to Defend Campus Liberty


NAS applauds Attorney General Sessions' announcement that the Justice Department will defend campus liberty.

Classroom Diversity and Its Mentality of Taboo

Charles Geshekter

NAS member Charles Geshekter writes about the dogma of diversity in higher education.

Take a Knee to PC

David Randall

Take a knee for political correctness, not our national anthem. 

Race, Sex, and Faculty Searches, Department of Biology, SDSU, 1988-2002

Stuart Hurlbert

Prof. Stuart Hurlbert provides data on the effect of affirmative action policies on faculty searches between 1988 and 2002 at San Diego State University's Biology Department.

Abraham Lincoln, Matchmaker

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood's review of Thomas Klingenstein's new play "If Only…A Love Story." 

Law Professors Celebrate Marriage and Work Ethic, Immediately Attacked as Racists

George W. Dent

Daring to defend the insitution of marriage and hard work will now get you in trouble with the thought police. 

Why I'm Leaving the Political Science Association

Bruce Gilley

Professor Bruce Gilley discusses the lack of intellectual diversity in the American Political Science Association. 

Words Mean What I Say They Mean

Carol Iannone

Vanity Fair insists that "assimilation" means "white supremacy."

What Damore's Memo Taught Google

Peter Wood

The recent attempts to include more women and racial minorities in STEM fields could have drawbacks. 

Modern vs. Western Thought: Cultural Determinism

William H. Young

William Young explores the roots of cultural determinism in higher education and the arts.

Censorship: Another Cheap Chinese Import We Don’t Need

Rachelle Peterson

Efforts to censor Cambridge University Press show how far the Chinese government will go to stifle intellectual freedom. 

Higher Education in the Age of Trump


This AQ issue discusses how President Donald Trump will affect higher education in the United States.

Charlottesville—One Poison, Two Bottles

Peter Wood

UVA didn’t invite racial violence, but it wasn’t entirely an innocent on-looker either.

A Monumental Mistake

Dion J. Pierre

When it comes to de-commemoration, lines must be drawn.

Penn Dean to Law Prof: We Favor Free Speech, but Not Yours

Peter Wood

Amy Wax comes under fire for defending the traditional bourgeois values of family, civic-mindedness, hard work, and respect for authority. 

Dead: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson describes the steps that led to the closing of the Divestment Student Network (DSN).

Amending the First Amendment

Paul Rahe

In the Fall 2017 Academic Questions (vol. 30 no. 3), Paul A. Rahe outlines the decline of the First Amendment and the dangers that decline poses.

Percy Martinez Autism Scholarship


Percy Martinez has started a new Autism Scholarship.

Freedom House Has a Beam in its Eye

Carol Iannone

Freedom House thinks America is getting less free--for all the wrong reasons.

Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education

J. Martin Rochester

The entirety of a five-part essay, Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education, by political scientist J. Martin Rochester.

Yes, Campus Indoctrination Is Real

Peter Wood

Peter Wood argues that the lack of ideological diversity on campuses is due to more than just the left's domination of the professoriate, but to the campus culture itself.

Extinct Experiments

Peter Wood

NAS celebrates a victory as the Divestment Student Network closes. 

Will the Other Claremont Colleges Defend Free Speech?

Rachelle Peterson

Other Claremont schools are still investigating the student protests at Claremont McKenna college that obstructed speaker Heather Mac Donald.

House of Representatives Holds Hearing on Threats to Free Speech on College Campuses

Benjamin Giles

A recent congressional hearing on the campus speech environment revealed the responsibilities of students, faculty, and administrators for protecting free speech.

The Declining Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness

J. Martin Rochester

The fifth of a five-part essay, Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education, by political scientist J. Martin Rochester.

Boulevard of Woken Dreams

Dion J. Pierre

NAS's Dion Pierre comments on a recent column from David Brooks on "wokeness."

The Declining Commitment to Academic Freedom and the Free Exchange of Ideas

J. Martin Rochester

The fourth of a five-part essay, Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education, by political scientist J. Martin Rochester.

Courageous Conversations?

J. Martin Rochester

The third of a five-part essay, Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education, by political scientist J. Martin Rochester.

College Reinstates Professor Who Said White People Should "F***ing Die"

Peter Wood

NAS's Peter Wood and Dion Pierre write that Trinity College, along with other schools around the country, needs to draw a line between legitimate and illegitimate claims of academic freedom.

Open House Invitation: Come See Our New Office


Join us for an open house at our new office space in September.

Reflections on the Misery in Missouri

J. Martin Rochester

The second of a five-part essay, Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education, by political scientist J. Martin Rochester.

One-and-a-Half Cheers for Claremont McKenna

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson applauds the school's decision to discipline several students who obstructed free speech and calls for increased vigilance from all college administrators to protect free speech.

Modern vs, Western Thought: Postmodern Subjectivism

William H. Young

William Young examines the impact of postmodern subjectivism on American higher education and public affairs.

The 2015 Campus Crisis

J. Martin Rochester

The first of a five-part essay, Mizzou Madness: A Case Study of Non-Diversity, Non-Freedom, and Non-Academics in Higher Education, by political scientist J. Martin Rochester.

ACTA Releases New Report on College Costs


ACTA is publishing a new report on rising administrative costs in higher education.

Protect Us from the Protectors

Carol Iannone

Carol Iannone comments on the relationship between the rise of helicopter parenting and the surge of political correctness hysteria on campuses.

Robert Maranto Discusses Anti-Christian Prejudice in Higher Education

Robert Maranto

NAS Member Dr. Robert Moranto discusses anti-Christian prejudice in higher education.

The New Civics Pushes Progressive Advocacy Through Service Learning

David Randall

David Randall examines a few case studies of New Civics programs in Indiana.

Modern vs. Western Thought: Cultural Marxism and Gender Feminism

William H. Young

William Young discusses the impact of Gender Feminism on family and society.

Colleges Are to Blame for the Contempt in Which They're Held

Peter Wood

Peter Wood comments on a recent study showing decreasing public support of higher education.

Supporting Western Civilization Education: NAS Interviews James Piereson


William E. Simon Foundation President James Piereson talks to NAS about setting up and donating to programs dedicated to the study of Western Civilization.

Member Profile: Steven Frankel

Steven Frankel

NAS Member Steven Frankel reflects on the current, perilous state of the humanities in higher education as well as the value of the great books.

Florida College Common Reading

David Randall

Those who want to see the best practices for a college common reading program, David Randall argues, should look at Florida College.

Outsourced to China

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson warns of the dangers inherent in allowing a foreign government to exert influence on classrooms and university administrators.

Christopher Kendall Joins NAS Staff

Peter Wood

NAS welcomes Christopher Kendall, our new Development Associate.

Legal Help for Professors and Students


The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has won many legal victories to protect academic freedom and free speech on campuses.

NAS Introduces New Print Newsletter

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reflects on NAS's mission in this "Word from the President."

The New York Times and Others Cover NAS's Beach Books Report


Recent articles on college summer reading assignments noting NAS's analysis in Beach Books.

Fourth of July Sale! All NAS Publications 40 Percent Off


Add an NAS report or one of Peter Wood's books to your summer reading list!

Pittsburgh, Not Paris: Explaining the Climate Hysteria

Peter Wood

Peter Wood analyzes the vehemence of the global warming movement in conjunction with the weakness of its claims.

NAS Sends Letter to SUNY Trustees

Peter Wood

Peter Wood and Rachelle Peterson ask the SUNY Board of Trustees to investigate the Confucius Institutes in their system.

NAS Co-Hosts Event Featuring Carly Fiorina


Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke about leadership at a private event.

Toward an American Liberal Education

John Agresto

In the Summer 2017 Academic Questions (vol. 30, no. 2), John Agresto argues the usefulness and value of a liberal education in twenty-first century America.

Five Telling Campus Outbreaks of the 2016-17 Academic Year


Peter Wood comments on troubling stories from American higher education this past academic year.

How College Bureaucrats Tyrannize a Professor Who Crosses Them


Peter Wood provides an update on an intellectual freedom case at Springfield College.

Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture

Glynn Custred

The entirety of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley

American Higher Education

Glynn Custred

The sixth of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley.

Fix Accreditation to End Protectionism in Higher Education

Spencer Kashmanian

Spencer Kashmanian writes about the need to reform accreditation requirements.

An Institution out of Control

Glynn Custred

The fifth of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley.

Director of Binghamton University’s Confucius Institute Responds to NAS Report


Professor Zu-yan Chen and Rachelle Peterson discuss NAS's report on Confucius Institutes.

NAS Has Moved!


Visit us at 5th Avenue and 46th Street. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Glynn Custred

The fourth of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley.

OAS Releases Statement on Proposed "Cultural Competency" Training

Glenn Ricketts

NAS's Oregon affiliate cites threats to academic freedom.

The Suppression of Free Speech

Glynn Custred

The third of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley.

Evergreen No More

Peter Wood

An experimental college loses its needles.

The Language of the Left

Glynn Custred

The second of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley.

Now Hiring: Development Associate


NAS is hiring a Development Associate.

Blackalaureate 2017 at Brown University: A Photo Essay


Brown University graduates held a black-only "Blackalaureate" the day before commencement.

Why Did They Riot?

Glynn Custred

The first of a six-part essay, Why Did They Riot? Berkeley’s Bellicose Culture, by anthropologist Glynn Custred, on the anti-free-speech movement at UC Berkeley.

The Map of Academic Freedom

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

Beach Books: 2016–2017

David Randall

A report on the books assigned in 2016–2017 as "common reading."

Executive Summary - Beach Books: 2016–2017

David Randall

An executive summary of the report on the books assigned in 2016–2017 as "common reading."

Finding Academic Freedom

Peter Wood

A new chart by NAS that traces the changing meaning of academic freedom.

Another Response from Binghamton University


Wang Qianghua responds to NAS’s report on Confucius Institutes and to two other professors’ responses. 

Binghamton University Professor Responds to NAS Report


Professor Don Boros responds to Professor Chaffee and Outsourced to China.

In Memoriam: Adam Scrupski (1928-2017)

Steve Balch

Steve Balch remembers founding NAS member Adam Scrupski.

Mizzou's Chickens Come Home to Roost

Dion J. Pierre

Declining freshman enrollment at Mizzou is, at the least, an indication that parents are thinking twice before sending checks to institutions where students are doing everything but learning –or where their safety is at risk.

Soft Power U: Chinese Propaganda in American Higher Education


NAS Director of Research Rachelle Peterson comments on China's unprecedented influence on American college campuses.

American Universities Are Welcoming China’s Trojan Horse

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes on China's use of soft power to influence students at American universities. 

Harvard Prepares to Host All Black Graduation

Dion J. Pierre

Is Harvard's all black graduation a benign trend or a step backwards? 

How Not to Defend Free Speech


NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne comments on Robert Spencer's lecture at Gettysburg College and the college's handling of free speech.

Modern versus Western Thought: Feelings or Reason?

William H. Young

William Young examines the extent to which subjective feelings have replaced reason in the American academy.

BLM at the New School

Dion J. Pierre

Dion J. Pierre begins his exploration of race on the modern American campus.

Video: Outsourced to China DC Launch


Videos from the Outsourced to China report launch are now available.

A Politically Correct Revolution

William H. Young

William Young doesn't recognize the portrayal of the American Revolution at a new museum in Philadelphia

Binghamton University Responds to NAS’s Report


SUNY Binghamton offers critiques and corrections to Outsourced to China

The New York Review of Books and Others Highlight NAS Report


Articles and reviews of Outsourced to China, NAS's new report on Chinese soft power in American Higher Education.

Unveiling Communist China's Global Soft Power Outposts


NAS Director of Research Projects Rachelle Peterson reviews a new documentary "In the Name of Confucius," on China's influence on Western higher education.

Dion J. Pierre Joins NAS Staff

Peter Wood

NAS welcomes Dion J. Pierre, our new research associate for our project on the rise of racial self-segregation on American college campuses.

Spinning Wheels


Robert Maranto writes about how education reformers can work effectively.

Red Star Over Campus - 4/26/2017 in Washington D.C.


Join us in Washington DC for the launch of NAS’s latest report, Outsourced to China, on China’s soft power influence through Confucius Institutes. 

NAS Urges Office of Management and Budget to Reject New Racial Categories

Peter Wood

The U.S. Census should not be a tool for advancing the interests of any political party and should be above the fray.

NAS President Peter Wood's Letter to Claremont McKenna College President Chodosh

Peter Wood

After students at Claremont protested the speech of Heather Mac Donald two weeks ago, what do free speech and academic freedom mean at Claremont Mckenna?

Anti-Trump Education


David Randall describes anti-Trump professors and the vanishing ideal of apolitical teaching.

Why Read Great Books?

David Randall

David Randall discusses the problems with reading Great Books as part of an "education to democracy."

Under the Ivy

Peter Wood

Ivy League universities picked up $41.59 billion in taxpayer-funded payments. How do these universities spend their share of the public purse? 

Fixing our Foundation: Comments on Education Reform


Ginni Thomas interviews NAS President Peter Wood for the Daily Caller, discussing the need for higher education reform and Wood's proposal for a blue-ribbon comission on American exceptionalism.

The Case for Income Share Agreements

David Randall

An alternative to student loans, ISAs allow for private investors to pay a student's tuition for returns in future income.

How Canon Change Should Happen

Carol Iannone

Carol Iannone argues for the traditional method of canon formation.

Disinvited, Re-invited, Still Slighted

Rachelle Peterson

Virginia Tech staged a public putdown of Jason Riley's BB&T Distinguished Lecture.

Springfield College Tries to Oust Professor For Teaching 'Men in Literature'


NAS President Peter Wood argues for intellectual freedom's necessity at Springfield College.

Modern versus Western Thought: Adolescence over Adulthood

William H. Young

William Young examines the development of the "youth culture" which first emerged among 1950's high school students.

Representative Grothman Addresses Pell Grant Fraud

David Randall

Congress should reform the Pell Grant program and prevent fraud. 

The Middlebury Paradox


NAS President Peter Wood explores why campus riots like Middlebury's cannot be stopped by the Left.

Harry Boyte Condemns Middlebury Violence

David Randall

Harry Boyte, founder of Public Achievement, condemns the recent student violence at Middlebury.

How Middlebury College Enabled the Student Riot During Charles Murray's Visit


NAS President Peter Wood analyzes why Middlebury College allowed the student riot during Charles Murray's campus visit.

Middlebury Admissions Tells Alumni How to Talk About the Protest Over Charles Murray

Rachelle Peterson

A new document tries to guide conversations about Charles Murray's visit to campus. 

Association of American Law Schools Snubs Pleas for Viewpoint Diversity

George W. Dent

George Dent writes about the lack of viewpoint diversity in American law schools.

David Randall Speaks at AEI


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

The Freedom to Learn Amendments 2.0


The National Association of Scholars has refined its proposed revisions to the Higher Education Act. What recommendations would you give to Congress?

Modern versus Western Thought: Self and Social Character

William H. Young

William Young examines the focus on subjective individualism which dominates modern psychology.

The Freedom to Learn Amendments (Preliminary Draft)


The National Association of Scholars proposes revisions to the Higher Education Act. What recommendations would you give to Congress?

David Randall Concludes his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte


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

Can Federal Funding Leverage Free Speech?

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes about the possibility of removing federal funding from universities that do not protect intellectual freedom.  

New Legislative Protections for Campus Free Expression


In both North Carolina and Virginia, lawmakers are working to pass bills that affirm freedom of expression on college campuses. 

Photos and Videos Available from Securing Liberty


Access photos and videos from the NAS Conference on Facebook, Youtube, and Flickr.

Wood Speaks on American Family Radio


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.

NAS Responds to DeVos’s Confirmation


The National Association of Scholars comments on Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education.

David Randall Replies to Stanley Fish in The Chronicle


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

Trumporially Deranged

Peter Wood

Do our commonalities outweigh our differences? NAS President Peter Wood discusses anger in America today and his hopes for higher education.

Peter Wood in Real Clear Education on the Berkeley Riots


NAS President Peter Wood explains the causes of the Berkeley Riot--the New Civics in action.

David Randall Continues his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte


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

Modern Versus Western Thought: The Unconscious and Determinism

William H. Young

William Young discusses the separation of academic social science and philosophy from the guiding ideas of the American Founding.

Video: Making Citizens DC Launch


A video of the Making Citizens report launch event is now avaliable.

David Randall in Conversation with Harry Boyte in Education Week


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

NAS Embraces Classical Alternative to the PSAT


Classic Learning Initiatives has developed a new alternative to the PSAT, rolling out the Classic Learning Test 9 (CLT 9) and Classic Learning Test 10 (CLT 10).

Academia is in the New Dark Age

Leo Goldstein

Leo Goldstein replies to comments by Bruce Gilley and Edward R. Dougherty.

NAS Affiliate Oregon Association of Scholars Launches New Website


The Oregon chapter of the National Association of Scholars has provided resources for members at OregonScholars.org. 

Stanley Fish Opposes Politicized “New Civics”


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

New York Post and Others Highlight NAS Report


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.

Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics


An in-depth report on how civics is taught around the United States.

Executive Summary - Making Citizens Report

David Randall

A new movement in American higher education aims to transform the teaching of civics. This report is a study of what that movement is, where it came from, and why Americans should be concerned.

Modern Versus Western Thought: Thinking From The Founding

William H. Young

William Young examines the Constitution's origins in the Western philosophical tradition.

Seven Types of Suppression


NAS president Peter Wood writes on free speech and censorship in The New Criterion. 

NAS's Top Ten Articles of 2016


Join us as we review the year by recognizing what you read most. These are the top ten articles on NAS.org in 2016.

Debating Scientific Epistemology

Edward R. Dougherty

Professor Dougherty discusses the dangers of modeling complex systems in response to Professors Gilley and Goldstein.

Me, My Emotions, and I

Nayeli Riano

College English classes should train students in scholarship, not subjectivity. 

The Lack of Prudence of Fossil Fuel Supporters

Bruce Gilley

Bruce Gilley replies to Leo Goldstein arguing that humility and discretion are needed in the climate change debate. 

Academia on the Verge of a New Dark Age

Leo Goldstein

Guest author Leo Goldstein offers a criticism of "climate alarmism" and "postmodern science."

College Officials, Take Note: We’re Watching You

Roger Clegg

Roger Clegg discusses public disapproval of affirmative action, Fisher II, and responsible legal options for universities. 

My Counsel to President-elect Trump on American Higher Education

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood offers the president-elect suggestions for the direction of higher education in the United States.

Radicalism’s Yield: Politics and the Illiberal Academy

Mark Zunac

In the Winter 2016 Academic Questions (vol. 29, no. 4), Mark Zunac discusses the evolution of liberal arts from a field encouraging inquiry to today's ideological sounding board.

NAS Gives Thanks


NAS staff say what they're thankful for this year.

Paying Students to Protest Trump

David Randall

"Civic Engagement" is Progressive Politics--and it's not even pretending anymore that it isn't.

College Students Need Better Lessons Than 'All of Your Emotions Are Real'

Ashley Thorne

After the election, colleges turn to feelings, not civility, to guide discussions on winning and losing.

The Environmentalists Versus Trump

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson discusses Trump's possible environmental policies and what where the college environmentalist movement goes next.

Congratulations President-Elect Trump


In the aftermath of the 2016 election season, the National Association of Scholars extends its well-wishes to the incoming president.

Election Reflections

Peter Wood

On this election eve, a few of the staff at the National Association of Scholars have written reflections on citizenship in America.

The Gunning of America: Scholarly History or Polemic?

Clayton Cramer

Clayton Cramer finds numerous errors in a new book about American gun laws in frontier days.

Modern Versus Western Thought: An Overview

William H. Young

William Young commences a new series of articles examining the impact of modern thought on the Western intellectual tradition

#PCSubtitle: The End


See the complete list of #PCSubtitle winners as we round out our series. 

The “Cultural Revolution” Comes to American Academia

Old Communist language and tactics are infiltrating American higher education, aided by our historical amnesia.

#PCSubtitle: Edgar Allan Poe


This week’s assignment is any story, poem, play, or novel by Edgar Allan Poe. What politically correct subtitle can you add to his works?

The Lesser of Two Eagles


NAS staff share some fables, and invite you to submit your own about "the lesser of two eagles."

The Origins of the Readable Writing Method: Part II

John Maguire

John Maguire tells how he started teaching students to write using the Readable Writing Method. Part 2.

Federalist Universities

Rachelle Peterson

To what extent is the university a microcosm of the political party system?

#PCSubtitle: Ernest Hemingway


Add your politically correct subtitle to any book by Ernest Hemingway. 

The Origins of the Readable Writing Method: Part I

John Maguire

John Maguire tells how he started teaching students to write using the Readable Writing Method. Part 1.

#PCSubtitle: Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Join us in remembering the classics and poking fun at political correctness. Can you compose a PC subtitle for a book by Dostoyevsky?

No Regrets

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood reflects on laments and satisfaction in life. 

#PCSubtitle: Beatrix Potter


What politically correct subtitles can you compose for Beatrix Potter's stories? 

The President of Portland State University Upholds Intellectual Freedom

Chance Layton

President Wim Wiewel explains in an email to students that the University is committed to free speech, peaceful protest, and "robust debate."

Let Us Not to the Teaching of Young Minds Admit Impediment

David Randall

Scott Newstok advises students at Rhodes College to think like Shakespeare.

#PCSubtitle: Charles Dickens


What politically correct subtitles can you compose for Charles Dickens' novels? 

Are Your Kids Getting a Daily Dose of News Propaganda with Their Common Core?

Ashley Thorne

Common Core offers students dumbed down and biased news articles to fill an appetite of "informational texts."

On Reading Old Books

Rachelle Peterson

Are the classics outdated? Four reasons support the reading of old—even flawed—books.

Update the Classics: Add a PC Subtitle


What progressive lessons can you find hidden in old books? NAS's new satirical contest invites you to add #PCSubtitles to classic texts. 

And Shrive You of a Thousand Idle Books

Tom Horrell

Lionel Shriver spoke out in favor of free speech for writers—and got censored.

How Diversity Came to Mean 'Downgrade the West'

Are students gaining anything by replacing the universalism of the West with the particularism of diversity?

APEH: A Critical New Look at the Revised Advanced Placement European History Exam

Linda Frey

Professors Linda and Marsha Frey critique the AP European History Course and Exam Description.

Books With Spines: The End


NAS's last entry in its Books With Spines series.

Academic Freedom Absolutism at the University of Chicago

Spencer Kashmanian

The University of Chicago's "no safe spaces" letter lacks the philosophical grounding for the academic freedom it champions. 

Virginia Tech's Welcome Mat: Diversity Edu

Ashley Thorne

Students at Virginia Tech and other universities are being "nudged" into diversity with a new and costly not-for-credit course. 

More OCR Follies

Peter Wood

A call for Congress to rein in the rogue Department of Education.

Rose Must Fall: Censorship at UCT

Ashley Thorne

The University of Cape Town has dealt another blow to academic freedom. 

Free Speech v. Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

Many of the opponents of free speech believe they are its champions.

Meet the NAS Interns


Chance, Vo, and Michael are students who care about NAS's mission and have been working hard to support our work. 

California Takes Aim at Religious Freedom

Chance Layton

A new bill targets religious colleges and strips attending students of state grants. 

Books With Spines: The Complete List


The complete list of Books With Spine suggestions.

Final Advice for the Untenured Conservative Humanist

Mark Bauerlein

Part 3: Service. When you join a committee, you either make your colleagues' workdays easier or make them harder. If the latter, they will remember the fact and it may very well come up at tenure time.

More Advice for the Untenured Conservative Humanist

Mark Bauerlein

Part 2: Teaching. Sage-on-the-stage, the flipped classroom? No need for that. Just avoid a few crucial missteps. Plus: How to raise your students’ grades without inflating them. From First Things. 

Some Advice for the Untentured Conservative Humanist

Mark Bauerlein

Part 1: Research. If you are an untenured humanities who is also a religious or social conservative, the bar is set higher for you. Mark Bauerlein is here to offer advice to the untenured professor. 

Canada’s Crusade Against Fossil Fuels

Rachelle Peterson

Frontier Centre for Public Policy releases a report illuminating the failed agenda of fossil fuel divestment. 

AAUP Meeting Unanimously Backs Melissa Click--But Why?

Peter Wood

In Minding the Campus, NAS president Peter Wood discusses authority on campus.

The Death of Campus Free Speech -- and How to Revive It

It’s getting harder to tell the difference between real news about colleges and the Onion’s parodies. 

Summer 2016 Academic Questions: Infringements


The new issue of Academic Questions features essays depicting intrusions on free inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom to teach, and freedom to learn.

APEH: A Critique by Prof. James Tracy

James D. Tracy

Professor James Tracy critiques the AP European History Course and Exam Description.

The New Age of Orthodoxy Overtakes the Campus

Peter Wood

The greatest threat to academic freedom today is the campus "social justice" machine, writes Peter Wood in his review of Joanna Williams' Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity.

A Most Curious Document

John E. Staddon

John E. Staddon analyzes the shortcomings of the Report of the Duke University Task Force on Bias and Hate Issues.

Crime in America

David Randall

NAS board member Barry Latzer discusses his new book The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America.

The Disappearing Continent: A Critique of the Revised AP European History Examination

David Randall

The 2015 AP European History exam warps and guts the history of Europe.

Education School Follies

David Randall

NAS Board Member Sandra Stotsky anatomizes education school follies.

Chasing Eels

Peter Wood

The new book The Closing of the Liberal Mind helps us get a better grasp on the slippery modern academic Left. 

Students Are Not Customers

Peter Wood

Peter Wood argues that higher education entails a hierarchical relationship between students who seeks knowledge and others who teach knowledge, as opposed to a consumer relationship.

Rachelle Peterson Discusses Transgender Restrooms on American Family Radio


Rachelle Peterson defends Gail Heriot's testimony on the Department of Education's overreach in mandating transgender restrooms. 

The Office for Civil Rights Overreaches on Transgender Mandate


Peter Wood signs an open letter calling on American civic leaders to uphold the rule of law and to protect the privacy and safety of the American public.

Time and Beauty: Commencement Address at Veritas Academy

Peter Wood

Last week, NAS president Peter Wood spoke to students of Veritas Preparatory Academy as they move into America's universities. 

Sustainability: The Left's New Facade

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson discusses the greening of Oklahoma's universities.

NAS Welcomes Spencer Kashmanian as Development Associate

Peter Wood

Join us in welcoming Spencer Kashmanian to the NAS team! If you appreciate Edmund Burke, Spencer may interest you with his studies of the Burkean. 

Common Core's Bluegrass Blues

David Randall

Kentucky adopted Common Core early; now it's suffering the consequences.

Video: Debate on Affirmative Action


NAS president Peter Wood and Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy debate affirmative action at an event sponsored by the University Union at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The Feds Make a Mess of Sex and Gender

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood explains how the Office of Civil Rights is creating more problems for universities. 

Civil Rights in the Republic

George Seaver

The latent causes of faction are sown in the nature of man.

North Carolina Beach Books


NAS Director of Communications David Randall writes about Beach Books in North Carolina.

“Blackness” Matters

Rachelle Peterson

A panel at The New School shows the racial essentialism of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Race Relations, Liberal Bias, and Safe Spaces on Campus

Ashley Thorne

Three stories from the last week all have one thing in common; can you guess what it is?

Exposing Climate Alarmism in 90 Minutes

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes for the National Review about an important new documentary, Climate Hustle

BDS: Boycotting Academic Freedom

Ashley Thorne

NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne explains how boycotting Israeli academic institutions leads to the politicalization of learning and limits academic liberty. 

Springfield College Purges Men in Literature

Peter Wood

NAS presents a new case of bias against a faculty member over his course "Men in Literature."

NAS President Peter Wood's Letter to Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper

Peter Wood

NAS presents a new case of bias against a faculty member over his course "Men in Literature."

Springfield College's Reply to NAS Letter

Peter Wood

NAS presents a new case of bias against a faculty member over his course "Men in Literature."

Professor's Comments On Springfield College's Letter To NAS

NAS presents a new case of bias against a faculty member over his course "Men in Literature."

Virginia Tech Relents and Re-Invites Jason Riley to Speak on Campus

Peter Wood

Virginia Tech felt the pressure and re-invited Jason Riley to the podium.

An Open Letter to Virginia Tech's Dean Sumichrast

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood calls on Virginia Tech to acknowledge and uphold its invitation to Jason Riley. 

Jason Riley's Invitation and Disinvitation Emails


NAS publishes the original notes Jason Riley received inviting him, and then disinviting him, from speaking at Virginia Tech. 

You Are Cordially Disinvited

Peter Wood

Jason Riley is the most recent conservative speaker to recieve a disinvitation. 

How Anthropology Was Corrupted and Killed

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes on how the American Anthropology Association's bandwagon vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions is a step toward toward the death of another academic discipline.

The "Right-wing Billionaires are Going to Take Over Higher Education" Hobgoblin

George Leef

Is conservative money poisoning the well of education or something else?

Update on the State of Western Civilization at Stanford

Stanford Review Editorial Board

Earlier this year the Stanford Review petitioned for a Western Civilization course requirement in the University's core curriculum. Their Editorial Board provides an update on the initiative.

War, What Is It Good For? Sometimes, Absolutely Everything

Peter Wood

Wars have significantly contributed to our identity as a nation.

The Sleeper Wakes

David Randall

Two articles demonstrate dawning awareness of the problems in America's higher education.

Problems With Promise Programs

Spencer Kashmanian

Is President Obama's Promise program the solution to increasing access to community college?

Mizzou Wipes Out Respect and Excellence

Peter Wood

Enrollments at the University of Missouri are plummeting.

Safe Spaces or Free Speech? Intellectual Freedom and the Modern Campus

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood discusses the tension between safe spaces and free speech, clarifying the importance of intellectual freedom. 

Wood Speaks on Chicago's Morning Answer Radio Show


Peter Wood spoke about campus protesters on Chicago's Morning Answer radio show.

Christina Hoff Sommers to Debate on Pay Gap


Sommers will participate in a debate with two Stanford professors on Equal Pay Day. 

The Great California Accreditation War


NAS Director of Communications David Randall writes about the accreditation struggle in California.

Stanford Students: Offering Western Civilization Classes Destroys Diversity

Rachelle Peterson

A pro-Western civilization petition at Stanford was met with stiff resistance.

Peter Wood: "The Common Core Is Dead"

Peter Wood

Do Common Core State Standards make sense to you? How do they affect you and your children? NAS President Peter Wood gets to the core of the matter. 

Title IX Tramples Free Speech and Fairness, So Now What?

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood comments on the AAUP statement: The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX.

Ashley Thorne Defends the Need to Challenge Students


Thorne responds to a critique of her essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Peter Wood to Speak on Common Core State Standards at The Heartland Institute


Wood's book, Drilling Through the Core, examines how Common Core State Standards have affected curriculums and whether they are even legal.

School Choice: Fig Leaf of the Pro-Common Core Right

Sandra Stotsky

Charters, choice, and decentralization cannot solve the problem.

The Character of Student Activism

Zachary R. Wood

Student activists would do well to consider the weaknesses that have hindered their moral crusade for social justice.

On the Alleged Exploitation of Adjuncts

George Leef

Are adjunct professors treated unjustly?

The Drive to Put Western Civ Back in the College Curriculum

Ashley Thorne

Ashley Thorne writes for the New York Post about some Stanford students' push for a Western civilization course.

Western Civilization Isn’t Dead Yet

Editors-in-Chief of the Stanford Review, 2013-16

The Editors-in-Chief of the Stanford Review write on the lack of a proper foundation at Stanford University.

Affirmative Action at the University of Louisville: A Case Study

Ben Foster

An examination of the application of seldom-scrutinized affirmative action policies in one university.

Rachelle Peterson Discusses Exxon and Fossil Fuels on Mandy Connell Show


Rachelle Peterson discusses her Weekly Standard article, "Why They Hate Exxon," on the Mandy Connell Show. 

Are Colleges Wasting Endowment Funds on Virtue-Signaling?

Rachelle Peterson

Political posturing is inappropriate to institutions of higher education.

Ask a Scholar: What are the Effects of Carbon Dioxide on the Earth's Atmosphere?

Glenn Ricketts

Climatologist David Legates explains why the influence of atmospheric gasses does not necessarily reflect their proportion in the atmosphere.

Non-Trump University

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood writes about the "bait-and-switch" of American higher education.

Hate Crime Hoaxes

Chance Layton

In an article featured in Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne writes about the danger of hate crime hoaxes.

Should Conservatives Lead Secret Lives?

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood's review of Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University.

A Fine and Private Hate

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes on BDS supporter Professor Jasbir Puar's attempt to use the principle of academic freedom to keep herself from being held accountable to public judgment for her Jew-hating libels.

Comic Books in a Liberal Education

David Randall

NAS Director of Communications David Randall discusses the proper role of comic books in a liberal education.

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.

Why They Hate Exxon

Rachelle Peterson

The crusade to kill fossil fuels continues.

Peter Wood to Debate Randall Kennedy on Affirmative Action at UMass


NAS president Peter Wood will debate Harvard Law professor and author Randall Kennedy on April 12.

Sometimes a Crevasse is Just a Crevasse

David Randall

A study on "Feminist Glaciology" highlights the sad absurdity of the modern academy.

Concordia College Publicizes Beach Books Praise

David Randall

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

College Students Want to Ban “Uncomfortable” Ideas

Chance Layton

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, a study shows students prefer closed minds over intellectual virtues.

A Guide to Disinvitation: My Conversation with Williams College President Adam Falk

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood discusses his correspondance with Williams College's President Falk in light of the disinvitation of John Derbyshire. 

The Path to Education

Eva Marie Haine

Eva Marie Haine reflects on her education as a Princeton undergraduate and suggests ways that it could have been improved.

Peter Wood Speaks at Heritage Foundation Event on the Modern University


NAS president Peter Wood spoke on a panel at a Heritage Foundation event titled "Who Rules the Universities?"

Beach Books on C-SPAN


The NAS Beach Books launch event was featured on C-SPAN.

Beach Books: Readings for the Last Man

Edward R. Dougherty

A professor reflects on the childish fare being fed to today's college students.

NAS Communications Director David Randall Featured in Radio Interview


Trent England of the Thoughtful Patriot interviewed David Randall about the latest Beach Books report.

The 10 Worst Schools When It Comes to Free Speech

George Leef

George Leef comments on the growing intolerance of students and administrators reflected in FIRE's recent list of the worst colleges and universities.

Microaggressions and the “Pristine Self”

Howard S. Schwartz

A new definition of political correctness has emerged recently.

Beach Books Burnish Bernie

David Randall

Shallow pre-college reading assignments pave the way for the social justice agenda.

Take a Look at the Mental Junk Food Colleges Assign Students

Peter Wood

Peter Wood writes about the results of the NAS's latest Beach Books study for The Federalist.

Gates Gag for Common Core

David Randall

Common Core proponents don’t want independent criticism or public review.

Looking Back at the Duke Lacrosse Case after Ten Years

George Leef

A professor reflects on the decade-old Duke case and the lack of change at the university.

The Stiff Price of Social Justice

Adam Mission

Colleges that let in unqualified applicants hire lots of staff for student retention. This raises college costs, drives away poor, qualified students, and doesn't even keep unqualified admits from flunking out of college.

How Anthropology was Turned from Intellectual Discipline into Political Activism

George Leef

This week's Pope Center Clarion Call essay discusses the politicalization of anthropology.

Taking Back Student Government

Chance Layton

In a Huffington Post article, Professor Andrew Pessin explains how students can take back their government from divisive activists. 

Hook-Up Culture

David Randall

NAS President Peter Wood writes on the hook-up culture on campus.

On the Alleged Need to "Improve Diversity" in Grad Admissions

George Leef

Professor Jonathan Marks critiques Julie Posselt's most recent book on grad school admission processes. 

Thoughts on "The Architecture of Intellectual Freedom"

Francis B. Randall

Professor Francis B. Randall comments upon NAS President Peter Wood's "The Architecture of Intellectual Freedom."

Dialogue on "Architecture": John K. Wilson and David Randall


John K. Wilson and David Randall discuss NAS President Peter Wood's "The Architecture of Academic Freedom"

Beach Books: 2014-2016

A report on the books assigned in 2014-2016 as "common reading."

Executive Summary - Beach Books: 2014-2016

David Randall

An executive summary of the report on the books assigned in 2014-2016 as "common reading."

Editor of First Things Pens Op-ed for the New York Times


R. R. Reno, the editor of First Things magazine, writes on how both parties have grown estranged from the white middle class. 

How to Find Fame and Fortune in Academe

Stephen Bertman

Dr. Stephen Bertman offers satirical suggestions for how scholars can make original contributions to their field.

Dear Aspiring Professor

Robert E. Gordon

Dr. Gordon gives advice to future adjuncts on their journey toward tenure. 

Keep the SAT Essay

Madison Iszler

Perhaps the most unfortunate change to the new SAT is that the essay is now optional.

The Quiet Transformation: The Online Revolution is Building Hybrid State Universities

Jonathan Bean

Historian Jonathan Bean describes the impact of online education at his university.

Dear Future Professor: What I’ve Learned about Teaching Well

Walter E. Williams

Walter Williams offers some suggestions for how to become a good teacher.

The Architecture of Intellectual Freedom

Peter Wood

A statement on the place and importance of intellectual freedom.

Lawsuit Claims "End Common Core" Referendum Is Illegal


Grassroots efforts in Massachusetts to let voters repeal the Common Core are under attack from a lawsuit. 

Give the Poor Students a Chance, Not a Preference

Ashley Thorne

NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne analyzes the problems with giving college admissions preferences to low-income students.

Dear Future Arts Professor

Daniel Asia

Daniel Asia gives advice to future arts and humanities scholars.

How the Next President Can Fix Higher Education

Peter Wood

As the presidential election draws closer, candidates should consider how they can restore higher education.

Wherein I Spar With an NAS opponent

George Leef

In his newest book, Michael Roth makes a case for the benefits of a liberal education. 

Dear Future Philosopher

Robert Koons

NAS member Robert Koons gives advice to those pursuing philosophy.

BDS Movement Suffers a Setback

Chance Layton

The American Historical Association voted against a resolution to condemn Israel. 

Common Core Damage Will Last for Years to Come

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood, in a recent Heartlander article, explains the failures of Common Core and why it’s in the process of leaving America’s public schools.

Sexual Misconduct on Campus: Big Report, Little Information

Glenn Ricketts

A front-page report on campus sexual assault investigations provides lots of numbers and little information.

NAS Joins SLF Supreme Court Amicus Brief

Glenn Ricketts

NAS joins a petition asking the Supreme Court to accept a case that could have major implications for race-based hiring policies.

Fifth Avenue

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reflects on monuments to the American Dream and the politics of grievance on display on college campuses.

On Woodrow Wilson: Princeton Students Hold Civil Debate

Russell K. Nieli

A recent campus event was an encouraging sign that respectful dialogue is still possible among Princeton students who disagree. 

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


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

Where DINOs Rule

Rachelle Peterson

Activists vastly overstate fossil fuel divestment pledges. 

Roses and Thorns: NAS's Top 10 List for 2015

Ashley Thorne

The National Association of Scholars remembers who stood out this year in higher education. 

Sociology: Another Field that Needs Heterodoxy

George Leef

University of Central Florida Sociology Professor James Wright writes that sociology has also succumbed to groupthink and political correctness.

UCLA Law Professor Rick Sander: The evidence that racial preferences do cause "mismatch"

George Leef

UCLA law professor Rick Sander writes about the importance of "mismatch" due to racial preferences.

Teaching Particulars: A Review

David Randall

David Randall reviews Helaine Smith's argument for close reading in Teaching Particulars, and considers its implications for higher education.

Disputing Deneen: A Misremembered Past

Matthew J. Franck

Matthew J. Franck  revises Patrick Deneen's history of American higher education, to note that a age of traditional learning in a secular mode never really existed.

Concerns about National Academy of Sciences and Scientific Dissent

Peter Wood

Peter Wood writes to members of the National Academy of Sciences with three concerns about how the scientific establishment has responded to serious dissent. 

Fisher II and Strict Scrutiny: Not Very Strict

Glenn Ricketts

Jonathan Bean isn't expecting a great deal to change if the Supreme Court holds the University of Texas to "strict scrutiny."

In Fisher II, the Supreme Court Should Look at Reality, Not Pretense

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood zeroes in on the use of "diversity" to justify the racial preference regime on campus, and explains why the Supreme Court should abandon the diversity rationale entirely.

From Common Core to Common Corpse

David Randall

Student revolt delays the imposition of Common Core in New York State--perhaps forever.

Dear Future Professor: The Red Pill

Jason Fertig

Jason Fertig gives advice to people considering a career in academia.

Massachusetts Aligns Further With The Common Core


The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has voted in favor of a Common-Core aligned standardized test.

American Association of University Professors Abandons Educators Under Siege

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes about how defenders of academic freedom leave campus lynch mob victims to fend for themselves.

Dear Future Conservative Professor

Robert Maranto

The academy needs ideological diversity, and conservative students should be undaunted in participating at the higest level. 

Stanley Fish, Divestment, and "The Student Assault on the Academy"


Stanley Fish writes on the campus divestment movement and the role of the university.

The Self-Defeating Claim that Women and Minorities are Weak and Fragile

George W. Dent

The desire for "safe spaces" is an affirmation of weakness that is false and pernicious.

Dear Future Adjunct

David Randall

NAS director of communications David Randall advises current and future adjunct professors. 

The Guilted Age

Thomas Dineen

Thomas Dineen tells how Debby Irving educated him on his whiteness.

Dear Future Professor

Hal Arkes

The first in a series of letters to new and prospective professors. 

Peter Wood Interviewed on Common Core


NAS President Peter Wood is interviewed at CNSNews.com on the dangers the Common Core poses to American education.

Videos: "Inside Divestment" Launch


A first look at the launch of "Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels."

Video: Heritage Foundation Panel on Fossil Fuel Divestment


Rachelle Peterson joins a panel hosted by Dr. David Kreutzer with Dr. Stanley Kurtz and Brendan Williams about the campus divestment movement. 

Academic Social Science and America

William H. Young

William Young sums up his series on the impact of academic social science on American society, culture, and education.

Rachelle Peterson on WSJ's Opinion Journal


Rachelle Peterson takes viewers inside NAS's new study on the fossil fuel divestment campaign. 

Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels

Rachelle Peterson

A comprehensive account of the campus fossil fuel divestment movement.

Executive Summary - Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels

Rachelle Peterson

An executive summary of our report on the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Announcement: Rachelle Peterson to Speak on Divestment


NAS Director of Research Projects Rachelle Peterson will speak at the Heritage Foundation on Friday, November 13.

Ohio Scholars Meet


Adam Kissel spoke with the Ohio Association of Scholars.

Why Subsidize University Presses?

George Leef

University presses should stand on their own two feet.

Outlaw Literacy

Peter Wood

Detroit's schools barely produce more educationally proficient students than they do juvenile delinquents.

Announcement: Georgia Association of Scholars Event


The Georgia Association of Scholars is hosting an event with Mary Grabar, Ph.D., on November 17th. 

A Conservative's Defense of Tenure

David Randall

David Clemens writes as a conservative in defense of tenure.

The Boston Globe Hosts A Debate on Whether to Leave the Common Core

David Randall

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky makes the case that Massachusetts should leave the Common Core.

In WSJ, A Case for Accreditors to Keep Out of Racial Preferences

Gail Heriot

NAS board member Gail Heriot asks Congress to keep educational accreditors from forcing racial preferences on colleges and universities.

On the Outside Looking In

Marc S. Anderson

Marc S. Anderson writes about the political skew in an AP U.S. History teacher-training seminar.

Association of American Law Schools: Conservatives Not Welcome

George W. Dent

The Association of American Law Schools tilts the deck against conservatives.

C-SPAN Airs Launch of Drilling Through The Core


Panel discussion marks the publication of Drilling Through The Core.

Academic Social Science and Inequality

William H. Young

William Young examines the preoccupation of American social science with the redress of inequality and its impact on education. 

On Beach Books

Bruce Gans

Bruce Gans writes on what summer reading for incoming freshmen should be.

Better Beach Books?

Peter Wood

NAS welcomes readers’ suggestions of titles for college common reading. 

Conforming Higher Education

Rachelle Peterson

Joanna Williams asks what “academic freedom” protects, if there is no truth for academics to seek? 

NAS Welcomes David Randall as Director of Communications

Peter Wood

Scholar and author David Randall joins NAS's core team. 

The University of Chicago's Flawed Support for Freedom of Expression

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood criticizes Chicago's misframed statement supporting freedom of expression.

This Changes Everything?

Rachelle Peterson

Naomi Klein's new movie admits conservative critics of the environmental left were right. 

A Book on Higher Ed that Looks Dull but has Something Important to Say

George Leef

George Leef discusses an argument by two college presidents for an end to the traditional faculty role in college governance.

The Elephant and the Harvard Question

David Randall

Harvard students are willing to tolerate conservatives--but only on terms that cripple their own education.

College Scorecard: How Much Will You Earn?

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood examines the fuzzy numbers of the U.S. Department of Education's new College Scorecard.

AP Denies the “Denier” Label

Rachelle Peterson

The Associated Press asks news writers to quit calling scientists "climate change deniers." 

PARCC Results Mean Nothing

Sandra Stotsky

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky explains how Common Core-based tests fail to produce intelligible results.

A Defense of Publish or Perish

George Leef

Prof. Paul Gottfried defends the publish or perish system for faculty promotions in a piece for the Pope Center.

A Logician Sees Through the Fallacious Arguments for "Diversity"

George Leef

Professor Carl Cohen, a professor at the University of Michigan, opposes granting preference to students on the basis of ethnicity.

NAS Joins New Amicus Brief in Fisher Case

Glenn Ricketts

We join once again with the Pacific Legal Foundation in opposing race-based admissions policies.

Obama Takes a Surprising Stand

Ashley Thorne

President Obama criticizes universities that "coddle" students from opposing views.

In Memory of Philip J. Clements

Ashley Thorne

A remembrance of an NAS board member, wise leader, and good friend.

Divesting from Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson explains that divestment activists have silenced debate, but done little to aid the environment.

Re-re-re-revising American History

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood evaluates APUSH 2.0 and considers the possibility of greater improvements. 

Book Review: Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History

Edward R. Dougherty

The Lessons of History offers a "stimulus to seriousness" in the study of history. 

'Challenging' Students Is Not Achieved with Sexual Pictures

Ashley Thorne

Ashley Thorne argues that college common readings need to challenge students intellectually - and that graphic novels don't do that.

A Revoked Doctorate for Little Rock School District Former Leader

Ashley Thorne

Indiana Wesleyan University revokes a degree after NAS spotlighted a plagiarized dissertation.

Avoiding Scholarship's Dead Ends

Bradford Tuckfield

Statistical analysis and adherence to tradition can help determine which academic programs have lasting value. 

Columbia Gets Citizenship Wrong

Ashley Thorne

Columbia University is requiring students to take sexual assault education prevention training but cares little about students' long-term sexual well-being or freedom of conscience.

The Pressure of Group Thought

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood questions the legitimacy of always seeking academic consensus.

Academic Social Science and Social Justice

William H. Young

William Young examines the ascendancy of social justice among academic social scientists.

Open Letter to Indiana Wesleyan University

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood calls on Dr. David Wright, president of Indiana Wesleyan University, to investigate allegations of a plagiarized doctoral dissertation issued by the university. 

NAS on the Radio


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

Political Bias in Philosophy and Why it Matters

Spencer Case

Superfluous political examples in philosophy texts show political bias that harms the discipline, scholars, and students. 

Peter Wood and Rachelle Peterson Interviewed on Leaders with Ginni Thomas


Virginia Thomas takes viewers inside the NAS report, Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism. 

Remembering Amy Kass


A memory of long-time NAS member Amy Kass, who lived fully as ‘human being and citizen.’

Hillary’s Emails: The Silence of the Historians

John Rosenberg

John Rosenberg wonders why historians are silent while Hillary Clinton privatizes State Department historical materials.

Patriotism Is Not Just for Conservatives

Ashley Thorne

Ashley Thorne responds to a New Yorker article on civics education. 

Faculty Tenure: Improve It, Don't Remove It

W. Lee Hansen

W. Lee Hansen argues that revisions to faculty tenure must be objective and preserve academic freedom. 

How Massachusetts Promoted Achievement Before Common Core & PARCC

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky comments on Massachusetts K-12 standardized testing reports. 

APUSH Teachers Speak

Ashley Thorne

High school AP U.S. history teachers are coming forward to share their dissatisfaction with the current version of the College Board’s APUSH framework.

Watch for NAS Articles in Claremont Review of Books


NAS president Peter Wood and board member Thomas D. Klingenstein are published in the forthcoming summer issue of the Claremont Review of Books.

Peter Wood's Book on Anger Cited in NRO


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

Room for Debate: NAS and 350.org

Peter Wood

Peter Wood comments on 350.org's response to Rachelle Peterson's recent piece about the college divestment movement.

Now Hiring: Communications and Development Associate


NAS is hiring a Communications and Development Associate.

Peter Wood appears on NPR's To the Point


Dr. Wood discusses the revised APUSH standards with a panel on To the Point, hosted by Warren Olney.

The New History Guidelines are Better

KC Johnson

KC Johnson gives four reasons the revised APUSH standards are an improvement. 

Rachelle Peterson in Today's NYT Room for Debate


Rachelle Peterson discussed the college divestment movement in the New York Times Room for Debate.

Diversity Clauses for UCLA

Ashley Thorne

Ashley Thorne shows how UCLA's priority on diversity puts pressure on faculty members' academic freedom. 

Virginia Tech Must Eliminate Diversity Requirements

Ashley Thorne

Update on Virginia Tech's tenure guidelines. 

AP History and Us

Peter Wood

An update on the College Board's re-revised standards for AP U.S. History. 

Outrageous Valdosta State Case Has a Pretty Good Ending

George Leef

A Valdosta State University student's right to speech was recognized in a settlement. 

2015 APUSH Misses the Reasons America Is Exceptional

Larry Schweikart

In this preliminary response to the new version of AP U.S. history released July 30 by the College Board, historian Larry Schweikart critiques the wording of a number of sections. 

College Common Readings: Trapped in the Present

Peter Wood

University common reading programs fail to show students the value of learning from the past. 

Bias-Free Language Obscures the Real Issue: Character

A University of New Hamphsire guide to "bias-free language" is more concerned with words than with what really matters.

Academic Social Science and the Group

William H. Young

William Young examines the social sciences' shift of focus from the individual to the group.

Two Unintended Consequences of Federal Meddling

George Leef

George Leef dicusses the dubious effects and soaring costs of federal intervention in higher education.

Comments on Freshman Reading

Ashley Thorne

A new article on college summer reading programs agrees with NAS's findings: fiction, classics, and books older than the students are extremely rare.

Whose Side Are You On?

Rachelle Peterson

The fossil fuel divestment campaign declares war on free speech.

The Enigma of Tenure

Malcolm Kline

Malcolm Kline calls tenure into question.

Why College Professors Need Tenure

Professor Russell Eisenman argues that tenure is a necessary safeguard for professors.

Bill McKibben Responds to NAS Questions on Divestment

Rachelle Peterson

Prominent sustainability activist Bill McKibben offers some answers to questions posed by NAS. 

The Remarkable Class of 2015 Must Save the Planet

Rachelle Peterson

From Bill Nye to Barack Obama, commencement speakers across the country encouraged the class of 2015 to "change the world" by changing the planet. 

Donate to NAS by Shopping on Amazon


You can now use Amazon Smile to give 0.5% of your purchases to NAS.

“Diversity” and “Inclusion” Litmus Tests for Tenure

Ashley Thorne

Virginia Tech is now asking candidates for promotion and tenure to prove their "active involvement in diversity and inclusion."

Board Member Warns of "No Child Left Behind" Civic Procedure Violation


Dr. Sandra Stotsky calls attention to the lack of parent voices in "No Child Left Behind" re-authorization.

Rachelle Peterson on WSJ Live


The fossil fuel divestment fad indulges fantasy rather than grappling with economic realities. 

Wharton School Professor's Book Supports Case that College Has Been Oversold

George Leef

In his new book, Peter Cappelli argues that college is not always a good investment.

Supreme Court to Rehear Fisher Case

Glenn Ricketts

The Supreme Court has an opportunity to revisit an affirmative action case - and hopefully end race-based admissions policies.

Black No More

Jonathan Bean

The case of Rachel Dolezal highlights the relevance of the satirical novel Black No More.

AQ Erratum


A correction to an article in our most recent issue of Academic Questions.

Sustainability’s War on Doubt

Peter Wood

Sustainability encompasses not only a particularly aggressive form of environmentalism, but also a strong attack on market capitalism and a progressive vision of social justice.

A Call for Volunteers to Review Common-Core-Aligned Tests


Sandra Stotsky, NAS board member and leading critic of the Common Core State Standards, is asking members of the NAS to review a standardized test aligned with the Common Core.

Summer 2015 Academic Questions: "Common Readings, Uncommon Conversations"


The new issue of Academic Questions takes on questions about common readings, "translingualism," and more. 

Two Controversial Professors

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reflects on the contrasting perspectives at the AAUP and Heartland Institute conferences in Washington, DC last week.

Will Pope Francis Privilege the Privileged?

Peter Wood

Peter Wood warns that the Pope's expected encyclical could perpetuate climate conformity that would hurt the poorest nations.

NAS Members Honored for Contributions to Science


David Legates and Will Happer, two lifetime NAS members, were honored at the Heartland Institute's international conference on climate change. 

Bye, Bye, American History

Glenn Ricketts

Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger weighs in on the new APUSH course.

A Pause for Thought

Rachelle Peterson

A new study disputes the "pause" in global warming. 

APUSH: The New, New, New History

Peter Wood

The new APUSH reforms has its roots in a longstanding attempt to claim American history for leftist political purposes.

Fisher v. Texas: Just Say No to Racial Preferences

George Leef

The upcoming Supreme Court decision could end racial discrimination on College admissions.

The Liberal Arts as Conversation

Jack Kerwick

Philosophy professor Jack Kerwick writes that the purpose of education is not traditionalism, careerism, or activism, but what he calls "conversationalism."

'Nudging' Goes to College

Rachelle Peterson

Higher education should train students to think for themselves, not resort to a pre-set path set by those who seek to manipulate behavior.

Open Letter: Historians on the College Board's New AP U.S. History Standards

Scholars Concerned About Advanced Placement History

A group of historians write that the new AP U.S. History framework neglects the civic purpose of history education.

Asians In The Ivy League, Or Not

John Rosenberg

Today's college admission process tells students that race matters more than hard work.

Prince Ea Is Sorry. Me Too.

Rachelle Peterson

Prince Ea's "Dear Future Generations" video is moving, but it neglects some important facts.

Diminishing Returns

Rachelle Peterson

Divestment activism has failed. Universities are learning that sanctions rarely accomplish anything.

Social Injustices: Closing Corinthian, Coring College

Peter Wood

Elites claim their education reforms benefit the poor. But the closing of Corinthian Colleges and higher education's adjustment to Common Core do more harm than good.

NAS's Ashley Thorne in WSJ Letter: "Bring Back Civics Learning"

Ashley Thorne

America used to think civics education was crucial to their citizenship. Now it is either avoided or a chore.

President Obama, Not Green Enough for the Hardcore Greens

Rachelle Peterson

It doesn't take much to be accused of being a climate change "denier." You don't even have to deny climate change.

The Future of College

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews Kevin Carey's The End of College and concludes that it is the best argument that the future of college is online.

The Paradox of Multiculturalism: Part II

Joshua Daniel Phillips

Censorship always harms rigorous debate. Let unpopular ideas stand or fall on their own merits.

The Ivies: New Quotas?

John Rosenberg

Affirmative action has led to the underrepresentation of Asians and native-born whites.

Environmentalists vs. Babies


Ashley Thorne wrote for World Magazine on environmentalism's anti-reproductive attitude.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

Peter Wood

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter.

The Court Should Finish What It Started in the Fisher Case

Roger Clegg

Roger Clegg argues that the Supreme Court should again review the Fisher v. University of Texas case.

Academic Social Science and Postmodernism

William H. Young

William Young examines the influence of postmodernism on the social sciences.

Brainwashed at Bowdoin: Anti-Israeli Boycotters Miss a Teachable Moment

William A. Jacobson

Bowdoin's boycott of Israel failed, but anti-Israel protesters count it as a win.

A Setback for BDS

Peter Wood

Students at Bowdoin College show concern for academic freedom by voting against an anti-Israel BDS movement.

Historians in the Public Square

John Rosenberg

We need an accurate understanding of the Reconstruction in order to properly understand discrimination.

The Paradox of Multiculturalism: Part I

Joshua Daniel Phillips

Students should be encouraged to debate conflicts between different cultures concerning values, beliefs, and customs.

Is Brown America's most diversity crazed university?

George Leef

John Rosenberg argues against the potential effectiveness of Brown University's diversity initiative.

Divestment Spring

Rachelle Peterson

Students stage sit-ins for divestment, claiming to be "oppressed" by college trustees. 

'Dignity,' Another Legal Trojan Horse

Peter Wood

People are putting words in the mouth of the Constitution.

Harvard Crimson Quotes Peter Wood on Political Imbalance

Ashley Thorne

A new study shows that in half of Harvard's colleges, all faculty political donations are to Democrats, and none are to Republicans.

The Hungry Ocean: Sustainability and the Curriculum

Peter Wood

Universities are increasingly dominated by the view that we live in environmentally desperate times

Scared Green: Sustainability Lies We Tell Our Children

Peter Wood

Environmental messaging targeting children sets the stage for the ubiquity of "sustainability" ideology in colleges and universities. 

APUSH Resources: Documents, Commentaries, and Critiques

Glenn Ricketts

A compendium of relevant documents and critiques of the new AP US History standards

Peter Wood Discusses "The Meaning of Sex" on the Radio

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood talks with the Armstrong & Getty Show about his recent Weekly Standard cover story. 

Eco-Marxism: Deception 2.0

Peter Wood

Sustainability provides colleges an all-encompassing worldview. 

Pope Francis Discusses Sustainable Development

Rachelle Peterson

Scientists and theologians weigh in on a summit at the Vatican. 

NAS Sustainability Report Continues to Garner Coverage


An update on what other people are saying about Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism

Good Citizens Are ‘Inclusive’ and Take Shorter Showers, Colleges Say

Ashley Thorne

Forget checks and balances, or popular sovereignty: citizenship education has morphed into environmental propaganda.

“Teachers Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know”

Mary Grabar

City Journal reviews NAS board member Sandra Stotsky's book on "improving American educational standards."

NAS President's Article On Weekly Standard Cover


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.

Majoring in Anthro

Jay Nordlinger

A lament for a field.

Resurfacing Sustainability in AQ


In 2010, we devoted an issue of Academic Questions to the topic of sustainability. 

Earth Day, 2015

Peter Wood

The earth is in better shape than it has been for many years. Let's celebrate the human innovation that made this possible. 

George Will Speaks on NAS's Sustainability Report


At the William F. Buckley Society's "Disinvitation Dinner," George Will discussed the soft totalitarianism that the campus sustainability movement fosters.

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The "Sustainability" Trend Costs Students Money

Peter Wood

The sustainability movement has muscled its way into the college curriculum, administration, and culture. 

George F. Will Writes About NAS Sustainability Report


Nationally syndicated columnist George F. Will devotes his most recent column to the new NAS report. 

Video of Common Core Debate


NAS president Peter Wood and Kathleen Porter-Magee discussed the pros and cons of the Common Core at a debate at Saint Francis College.

Global Warming: The Campus Non-Debate

Russell K. Nieli

Many lack a robust understanding of the environmentalism debate divorced from religious overtones and political appeal.

Proposed Education Act Would Shortchange Students

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky argues that the new version of No Child Left Behind will leave low-income students behind because it lacks an important requirement for teachers' competence in their subjects.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the UNC Scandal

George Leef

George Leef reviews Cheated, an expose of the recent UNC scandal written by two faculty members. 

Dear Educators: “Privilege” Is Theory, Not Fact

Joshua Daniel Phillips

While the idea of "privilege" has been rising in popularity on college campuses, open debates and robust discussion about the topic have not. 

Academic Freedom at U Chicago and Princeton

Robert P. George

NAS board of advisors member Robert P. George applauds two universities for embracing academic freedom. 

“Whiteness Studies” and Campus Activism

Dan Kemp

Emerging “whiteness” courses are often connected to political purposes. 

Academic Social Science and Scientific Literacy

William H. Young

William Young examines the misunderstanding and misuse of scientific concepts by academic social scientists.

Wall Street Journal Quotes the NAS's Sustainability Report


In "Notable & Quotable," the Wall Street Journal quoted the NAS's "Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism" report.

Stanley Fish Praises the NAS’s Sustainability Report


Stanley Fish responds to the NAS's sustainability report. 

Walden on Ice

Peter Wood

Peter Wood offers a fresh look at Henry David Thoreau's Walden

APUSH Update: Lynne Cheney’s Return

Peter Wood

Lynne Cheney, leader of the 1990s opposition to politicized US history, comes out strongly against the new AP US History. 

MOOCs - What You Need to Know About Them Now

Rachelle Peterson

MOOCs are complementing institutions with flexible professional courses, fulfilling predictions made a year and a half ago. 

What Others Are Saying About NAS's Sustainability Report


Since the launch of NAS's sustainability report, here's what writers, bloggers, and think tanks had to say about it.

Peter Wood on Wall Street Journal Live


NAS President Peter Wood and WSJ's Mary Kissel take viewers inside the new NAS report on the campus sustainability movement. 

AP US History: FAQs

Glenn Ricketts

Answers to some common questions about the new APUSH standards.

Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism

Peter Wood

The first critical account of the sustainability movement in higher education.

Sustainability FAQs

Peter Wood

The authors of the report Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism answer frequently asked questions about sustainability and the NAS's positions.

Executive Summary - Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism

Peter Wood

The authors of an NAS report critiquing the campus sustainability movement make 10 recommendations for colleges and universities. 

Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn't Needed on Global Warming

Rachelle Peterson

Elite journalists gathered at Columbia University say they have no need to listen to or even acknowledge skeptics of anthropogenic global warming.

Knowledge of American History Rapidly Becoming History

Glenn Ricketts

What do most students know about US history? Very little. What to do about it? Good question.

Obama's NLRB Pushes Faculty Unionization

George Leef

An economics professor explains why he regards faculty unionization as bad law.

Tucked In: The Legacy of Goodnight Moon

Peter Wood

The 1945 bedtime story Goodnight Moon remains a classic invocation of peacefulness and home.

Donor Intent Wins at Trinity College

George Leef

A battle over a philanthropic endowment at Trinity College ends as a victory for donor intent.

Introducing Development Assistant Dan Kemp


Dan Kemp begins as development assistant at the NAS.

Merchants of Smear

Rachelle Peterson

Conspiracy theorists make an ad hominem attack film about climate-change doubters. 

Letter to Members of Congress: Rein in the DoED's Office for Civil Rights

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood urges U.S. Members of Congress to rein in the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

NAS Board Member Writes On Liberal Bias In Academia

Madison Iszler

Jay Bergman, an NAS board member and professor at CCSU in Connecticut, writes about the need for intellectual diversity on college campuses. 

Introducing 2015 Intern Madison Iszler


Madison Iszler begins an internship at the NAS.

The Value of College Degrees Is No More Settled than Is Global Warming

George Leef

George Leef writes for the John William Pope Center on why recent job data does not prove that higher education is a "good investment."

Education: That a Republic Is Only One Generation Old

George Seaver

An argument for why the part of education that is civic virtue, as seen throughout history, is essential to the survival of a republic.

Academic Freedom on Trial: Adams v. UNCW and the Welcome Erosion of Garcetti

Mike Adams

Mike Adams writes for Academic Questions on his legal victory against UNCW and how this case has served to advance academic freedom.

Assault by the DOE

Robert Carle

In Academic Questions, Robert Carle writes on why sexual assault cases should be decided by courts, not by campus rape tribunals, which have an abysmal record of mishandling cases and issuing weak sentences.

Free Speech (Or Lack Thereof) in Britain

Madison Iszler

The UK-based publication spiked has ranked higher education institutions according to their support for freedom of speech.

Campus Centers Sowing the Seeds of Important Ideas

Ashley Thorne

Campus-based programs are helping to restore rising generations’ attention to important but increasingly neglected ideas.

There’s No App for That

Dan Kemp

American colleges and universities are searching for ways to overcome student addiction to technology and its effect on classroom instruction. Will they work?

(Not So) Happy Global Divestment Day

Rachelle Peterson

Activists worldwide are converging to demand divestment from fossil fuels. 

Academic Social Science and Men

William H. Young

Wiliam Young examines the declining fortunes of working class men in light of academic social science skewed against them.

Call Your Broker, Save the Planet

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes for National Review Online on why climate activists' latest cause has them sounding like stock market analysts. 

Is 'Get a Job' the Purpose of College?

Peter Wood

Governor Scott Walker's call for changes at the University of Wisconsin, which initially included major revisions to the school's mission statement, reveal a fundamental shift in the purpose of education. 

Title Nein: CUNY Eliminates Sex-Specific Salutations

Rachelle Peterson

The City University of New York has banned staff from referring to students as “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” or “Ms.,” calling this act of politeness sex discrimination

Forfeiting Education: Sports and Collegiate Culture

Madison Iszler

The recent college sports scandals at UNC and elsewhere reveal deeper problems in the current culture of higher education.

How Do College Speech Codes Originate?

George Leef

George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki writes for the John William Pope Center about his attempt at eradicating his school's speech code. 

Scholars Milgram and Stotsky Explain Problems with the Common Core


Drs. Jim Milgram and Sandra Stotsky critique the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in a KTVN 2 News interview. 

The Muslim Call to Prayer at Duke

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood evaluates Duke University's short-lived and ill-considered decision to broadcast the Muslim adhan every Friday on campus.

APUSH, Not Common Core, Threatens Concept of American Exceptionalism

Kevin T. Brady

Kevin T. Brady finds the APUSH standards a far greater problem than Common Core.

AQ Contributor Writes for TIME Magazine on Distortion of History in "Selma"

Madison Iszler

Academic Questions contributor David Kaiser writes for TIME Magazine on why the movie Selma is historically inaccurate.

How MOOCs Threaten Your Privacy

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson warns against several dangers of MOOCs, which include the possibility of data mining and privacy infringement.

Ferguson and the Decline in Anthropology

Peter Wood

NAS president and anthropologist Peter Wood observes the American Anthropological Association masking the truth to promote an ideological agenda.

Harry V. Jaffa, 1918-2015

Allen C. Guelzo

A remembrance of political philosophy scholar Harry Jaffa.

Stanley Fish's New Book on Academic Freedom

George Leef

George Leef reviews Versions of Academic Freedom and argues that there does not have to be a single, one-size-fits-all approach to academic freedom.

APUSH Post-Civil War Coverage: History Lite

John C. Chalberg

John C. Chalberg finds the APUSH standards for the Post-Civil War era deceptively simple.

Opposing Common Core, State by State


Across the country, parents and citizens who are opposed to the Common Core State Standards have used Facebook to organize by state.

College Un-Ready


NAS board member Sandra Stotsky writes about the failures of the Common Core State Standards to prepare students for truly college-level reading and thinking.

Push-Back on APUSH

Robert L. Paquette

Robert L. Paquette describes his encounter with AP history at the high school level.

A Diverse Group of Social Psychologists Calls for More Diversity in Their Field

George Leef

Six social psychologists are publishing an article arguing that their discipline suffers as a science due to its narrowness in the range of opinions it deems acceptable. 

Great Books at Bergdorf Goodman

Carol Iannone

A holiday window display at fashionable NYC store Bergdorf Goodman suggests that classic literature represents an aspect of the good life. 

Marquette's Reputation at Stake

Peter Wood

The Jesuit university in Milwaukee rebuked a professor for blogging about what another instructor said to a student about discussing homosexuality in class. 

The Cheap Moral Indignation of Bowdoin College

Michael Toscano

A highly ranked elite liberal arts college chastises students for dressing up as American Indians at Thanksgiving, while at the same time encouraging rampant immorality as part of campus culture.

Better Alternatives to the Common Core Are Out There


Sandra Stotsky responds to the claim that the Common Core is impossible to replace.

Campus Tolerance for Violence

Peter Wood

Peter Wood examines how academics have promoted and contributed to lawlessness and violence.

Academic Freedom in a Time of Silencing

Ashley Thorne

Today academic freedom is an embattled principle as campus guardians of political correctness wield the power to hush discussion of subjects they don't like. 

Winter 2014 Academic Questions Features Special Section, "God and Guns"


The special section of the winter 2014 Academic Questions highlights campus attitudes toward guns and religion.

The Ongoing Madness in Madison

George Leef

The University of Wisconsin, Madison recruits many academically weak students to make the campus more diverse, but the open admission standards erode the university's academic integrity.

APUSH: Tempest in a Teapot?

Jonathan Bean

Jonathan Bean isn't terribly upset about the new APUSH course.

Video Coverage of Common Core Debate at St. Francis College


St. Francis College recently hosted a debate on the Common Core between NAS President Peter Wood and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Sol Stern. Video coverage of the full event is available for viewing.

How Data-Mining Hurts Higher Education

Peter Wood

The promises of data-mining in higher education are that we will end up with more students achieving degrees at lower cost, but the soft totalitarianism that will be required to achieve these gains is a high cost.

Academic Social Science and the Family

William H. Young

William Young examines the negative effects of social science on the traditional family.

APUSH and the American Founding: Concepts Supplant History

Joseph F. Kett

University of Virginia historian Joseph Kett finds the APUSH course unteachable.

After the Interregnum

Patrick J. Deneen

In "God's and Guns," a special section of the Winter 2014 Academic Questions, Patrick J. Deneen finds that both sides in the latest stage of the Culture Wars "represent a betrayal of the proper mission of higher education."

Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: New Children's Book by AQ Editor


Just in time for the holiday season, Felicia Chernesky, the managing editor of Academic Questions, has released the children's book Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color.

APUSH and Speaking in Educational Code

KC Johnson

Brooklyn College historian KC Johnson finds the new AP history standards heavy on skills, light on content.

Libertarians vs. Progressives: The New Campus Divide

Peter Wood

There is a dramatic divide on campus between students caught up in campus "hook-up culture" and feminist crusaders against "rape culture."

Fueling Lawsuits

Rachelle Peterson

Harvard students sue to divest from fossil fuels.

"Teaching" Ferguson

Ashley Thorne

Faculty members and teachers use the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson case as an opportunity to advance the view that America is plagued by racism.

Welcome to My World

Jason Fertig

Jason Fertig writes on his first three months in the position of Faculty Senate Chair, where he has straddled the awkward fence between administration and faculty. 

In Memoriam


The National Association of Scholars notes the passing of long-time members.

Why the Education Department's "gainful employment" rule is futile

George Leef

George Leef argues that the "gainful employment" rule will reduce students' options for employment without helping them avoid debt.

Don't Underestimate the Eco-Worriers

Rachelle Peterson

Climate activists have become experts at selling their secular salvation myth to millions of young people.