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Peter Wood Receives Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom


The Overton Window should be at its widest in the academy but rarely is that the case. In his acceptance speech, Peter wrestles with how to widen that window.

Scholars Disappointed by Decision Upholding Harvard Discrimination


The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts upholds racial discrimination in admissions by Harvard University. 

NAS Supports Intellectual Diversity Bill with Recommendations


The NAS supports a new bill to protect intellectual freedom in South Dakota, with recommendations. 

First Annual Oregon Campus Freedom Awards


The National Association of Scholars congratulates Oregon Campus Freedom Award recipients Blake Horner and Phillip Arola.

Press Release: Neo-Segregation at Yale


The National Association of Scholars has released a report on how Yale University segregates students by race.

Scholars Call for Free Speech Protections in the Higher Education Act


PRESS RELEASE: Scholars and writers argue that public colleges and universities should lose Title IV federal loan and grant eligibility if they violate First Amendment rights. 

NAS Elects a New Chairman and Treasurer


NAS announces the election of Keith Whitaker to Chairman and Thomas Klingenstien to Treasurer of the Board of Directors.

Academic Unions: Join or Say, 'Goodbye to Your Career'


NAS filed an amicus brief in support of St. Cloud State University political science professor Kathleen Uradnik.

PRESS RELEASE: Study Finds College Common Reading Programs Indoctrinate Students


Beach Books 2017-2018 is the eighth installment of NAS's survey of common reading programs. 

NAS Supports a Besieged Academic


PRESS RELEASE: NAS circulates an open letter asking the University of Chicago and the Medieval Academy to vindicate Professor Rachel Fulton Brown.

OAS Launches Campus Freedom Awards for Oregon College Students

Oregon Association of Scholars

PRESS RELEASE: In response to declining intellectual freedom and diversity at Oregon college campuses, the OAS is creating the Oregon Campus Freedom Awards.

Scholars File Amicus Brief in Students for Fair Admissions v Harvard College


Race-based admissions policies should be made available to the public.

NAS Applauds Wisconsin High Court Ruling in McAdams Case


PRESS RELEASE: Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with academic freedom in the case of John McAdams.

NAS Re-publishes "The Case for Colonialism"


PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars re-publishes the most controversial article of the last year, "The Case for Colonialism," by Portland State University professor Bruce Gilley. 

2018 Winners Announced for Classic Learning Test-10 Award


National Association of Scholars National Award goes to top performing high school sophomores.

Scholars File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court in Manning v. Jones


Seeking the right to be free of employment discrimination for expressing differing points of view.

NAS Statement on the Michigan Campus Free Speech Act


PRESS RELEASE: NAS endorses the efforts of the Michigan Legislature to preserve free speech on college campuses. 

"Threats to Faculty" a Bad Reason to Suspend Prof


PRESS RELEASE: "Threats to faculty" is not a good reason to suspend John Jay College's Professor Michael Isaacson, says the City University of New York Association of Scholars. 

DeVos Rescinds Disastrous “Dear Colleague” Policy on Campus Sexual Misconduct


PRESS RELEASE: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has rescinded the Obama Administration's 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.

NAS Applauds Secretary DeVos's Decision on Title IX


PRESS RELEASE: The NAS welcomes Secretary DeVos's decision to rescind the Obama administration's lawless interpretation of Title IX.

College Common Readings Designed to Make Activists, Study Finds


PRESS RELEASE: NAS releases Beach Books 2016-2017: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class? The annual study surveys the strength of college common reading across the United States.

Charting Academic Freedom: 102 Years of Debate


PRESS RELEASE: The National Assocation of Scholars releases a compilation of the key statements on academic freedom, enabling individuals to understand the debate more thoroughly.

On New Classical Test, Five Student Finalists


PRESS RELEASE: The National Assocation of Scholars congratulates and recognizes the five U.S. high school students with the top scores on the CLT 10.

China Plants Flag at U.S. Universities


PRESS RELEASE: NAS finds  that American colleges and universities have jeopardized their independence and academic freedom by succumbing to tools of China's soft power.

NAS Advocates for Higher Education Act Reform


PRESS RELEASE: NAS advocates for reforming the Higher Education Act through the "Freedom to Learn Amendments," leading over 100 signatories in a call for change.

Radical Activists Hijack Civics Education, Study Finds


PRESS RELEASE: A new study, Making Citizens, documents how activists have taken over the term "civic learning" and turned it into a way to raise up a new generation of protesters. 

Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism Released by Polaris Books


PRESS RELEASE: Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism, co-written by Rachelle Peterson and NAS president Peter Wood, is now available at and bookstores nationwide.

Legislation, Not Litigation, Can Repeal Racial Preferences, Says NAS


PRESS RELEASE: The NAS affirms it will continue fighting racial discrimination in higher education.

College Board Shreds European History, Study Finds: Faith and Freedom Gone


PRESS RELEASE: NAS releases a critique of the revised Advance Placement European History Examination.

NAS Defends Gail Heriot in Transgender Controversy


PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars supports board member and University of San Diego law professor Gail Heriot, whose testimony on transgender bathroom use has been attacked as "offensive."

Progressive Propaganda for Captive Collegians, Study Finds


PRESS RELEASE: NAS publishes a new edition of its comprehensive study of freshman summer reading, Beach Books 2014-2016: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?.

Fix Values, Not Statues, Says National Association of Scholars


PRESS RELEASE: The NAS releases an 11,000-word statement on the purposes of higher education.

When Colleges Divest, Who Wins?


PRESS RELEASE: NAS releases the first substantial study of the campus-based movement to divest from fossil fuels. 

Scholars Stand Against Common Core in New Book


Drilling Through the Core, a book edited by NAS president Peter Wood, is released today.

NAS Endorses Safe Campus Act


NAS supports an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965. 

Connecticut College Must Defend, Not Denounce, Professor Pessin


The NAS condemns the vilification of Professor Andrew Pessin of Connecticut College and calls on President Katherine Bergeron to make clear that diversity of opinion is a prerequisite for the pursuit of knowledge.

Scholars Oppose New APUSH


A group of prominent scholars has organized to challenge revisions to the Advanced Placement U.S. History course.

Report Shows Campus Sustainability Movement Restricts Debate, Harms College Finances


PRESS RELEASE: The NAS releases the first in-depth critical report on the campus sustainability movement. 

Scholars Ask Supreme Court to Revisit Fisher and Rationales for Racial Preferences


The NAS joined a petition to the Supreme Court to re-hear Fisher v. University of Texas, the case that challenges racial preferences in public university admissions.

Lite Lit for College Comers, Study Finds


PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has released Beach Books 2013-2014, its fourth annual study of common reading programs at American colleges and universities.

Presidential Searches


PRESS RELEASE: Commitment to "Intellectual Diversity" top choice for new college presidents, says NAS.

Scholars Applaud Supreme Court for Upholding Michigan Racial Preferences Ban


PRESS RELEASE: NAS praises the Court's decision to sustain a measure against racial discrimination in college admissions. 

The National Association of Scholars Calls for True Liberty and Fairness at Bowdoin and Other Liberal Arts Colleges


PRESS RELEASE: A year after the release of What Does Bowdoin Teach? the NAS summons liberal arts colleges to give fair treatment to people across the political and religious spectrum. 

Scholars Endorse the Interrobang


The National Association of Scholars has published a report studying an underrepresented punctuation mark.

Boycotting Israel Compromises Dialogue, Scholars Say


PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars writes that colleges and universities should be above politics.

National Association of Scholars Receives Grant to Study College-Level Civics Education

PRESS RELEASE: The Daniels Fund in Denver, Colorado, has awarded the NAS a $45,000 grant to conduct a study of civics teaching in four universities.

“Common Readings” at Colleges Uncommonly Political, Scholars Find


PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has released Beach Books 2012-2013, its third annual study of common reading programs at American colleges and universities.

Class No Substitute for Race in Preferences

PRESS RELEASE: The NAS outlines three objections to class-based affirmative action and advocates for fairness and transparency in academic standards.

Conformity, Partisanship Dominate Elite College, Say Scholars

PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has published a new report which documents how liberal arts education at an elite college is dominated by political partisanship.

Making College Right

PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has published a new book proposing remedies to key problems in American higher education.

Colleges Twist U.S. History

PRESS RELEASE: NAS and its Texas affiliate release a report finding that U.S. history courses at American colleges and universities downplay the nation’s economic, military, and political history and dramatically overemphasize the role of race.

NAS Founder Stephen H. Balch Takes New Role in Western Civilization Institute

PRESS RELEASE: NAS founder Stephen H. Balch launches a new Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University.

Politics Undermining Learning, Scholars Warn University of California

PRESS RELEASE: The California Association of Scholars has published a report showing how radical faculty members and administrators and politicized courses have compromised the quality of education in the University of California.

NAS Commends Supreme Court for Taking Fisher Case on Racial Preferences

PRESS RELEASE: The Supreme Court agrees to hear what may become a landmark case on the diversity rationale for racial preferences in college admissions.

Victory for Freedom of Conscience in Ward v. Polite

The NAS applauds the Sixth Circuit Court's decision to defend a counseling student's freedom of conscience.

New Hampshire Passes Law Banning Racial Preferences

The NAS hails New Hampshire's new prohibition against racial preferences as a victory for equal opportunity in higher education.

Court of Appeals Fails to Defend Freedom of Speech in Counseling Profession

A panel of three judges has ruled that Christian beliefs about homosexuality disqualified a student from pursuing a degree in counseling.

NAS Criticizes New "Diversity" Guidelines

The Departments of Education and Justice released guidelines last week that, according to the National Association of Scholars, effectively endorse the use of racial preferences in college admissions.

Scholars Join Brief to Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas

NAS is a "friend of the court" in what could be a landmark case on the diversity rationale for racial preferences in college admissions.

Brown Vetoes Race Preference Bill: California Scholars Successfully Defend Prop. 209

NAS and our California affiliate applaud Gov. Brown

In Common Reading Assignments, Colleges Ignore the Best Books

Most books colleges assigned this year as "common reading" were recent, personal, race-focused, and unchallenging, finds the National Association of Scholars.

Scholars Respond to Breivik Manifesto

The National Association of Scholars responds after learning that Anders Behring Breivik mentioned the scholarly organization in his manifesto.

Where Did Western Civilization Go?

Western Civilization surveys, once a staple in American higher education, have all but disappeared at our leading universities and colleges.

Scholars Critique Campus "Sustainability" Movement, Propose Alternatives

The National Association of Scholars issued a statement explaining how a current campus ideology is at odds with the principles of liberal education.

NAS Defends Freedom of Speech and Conscience in Ward v. Wilbanks

NAS filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Ward v. Wilbanks, in favor of counseling student Julea Ward, who was expelled from Eastern Michigan State University for expressing her religious convictions about homosexuality.

Estimated 40 Percent of Scientists Doubt Manmade Global Warming

S. Fred Singer said in an interview with the NAS that

When to Use the Word "Racist"

Peter Wood reviews the affirmative action bake sale controversy at Wesleyan University and calls for a more circumspect use of the label "racist."

NAS Supports Freedom of Speech and Conscience in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley


NAS filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley, in favor of counseling student Jennifer Keeton, who was expelled from Augusta State University for expressing her religious views on homosexuality.

Arizona Civil Rights Initiative Passes; NAS Hails Victory

Proposition 107, which bans racial preferences in Arizona's public colleges and universities, passed with 60% of the vote.

NAS Unearths Censored Study on High School Research Papers

Why aren't high schools doing a better job of teaching students to write? The suppressed study finds that 95% of high school teachers think research papers are important, but 62% never assign them.

Common Reading on the Rise at Top Colleges

The NAS's new report shows that 93% of top national universities have common reading programs.

Scholars Pick Must-Reads for Undergrads

The NAS released a list of books it recommends for college

Scholars Champion AZ Civil Rights Initiative

NAS endorsed the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, which will be on the Arizona ballot in November. If passed, it will ban race-based discrimination in public colleges and universities.

Scholars Join Fight to Save 209

The California Association of Scholars, an affiliate of the NAS, has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against Proposition 209.

What Colleges Want Freshmen to Read

The National Association of Scholars has released a study of colleges that assign a single book as summer reading to incoming freshmen.

NAS Helps Students Argue Against the Sustainability Movement

The NAS publishes

NAS Pleased By Leach Nomination to NEH

Steve Balch

NAS comments on the nomination of James A. Leach to head the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Virginia Tech Discards Diversity Rule

The National Association of Scholars welcomes the decision of President Charles W. Steger of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to rescind its policy of requiring faculty candidates for promotion and tenure to demonstrate their contributions to

NAS Regrets Ward Churchill Verdict

The lesson from the jury's decision in the Ward Churchill lawsuit is that universities must be proactive in the enforcement of standards.

Academic Freedom for Students: NAS Affirms Lernfreiheit

We believe that college students, in addition to faculty members, should enjoy fundamental intellectual freedom.

Stephen Balch to become Chairman of NAS Board, Peter Wood to Become NAS President

NAS's founder Steve Balch passes on the torch and will continue to play a leadership role.

NAS Salutes Affiliates' Efforts to End Ethnic- and Gender-Based Preferences

Well done, Nebraska and Colorado Association of Scholars.

NAS Urges WASC: Do Not Accredit Racial Preferences

Santa Rosa Junior College's accreditation must be contingent on fairness in its hiring.

The NAS Hails Enactment of the American History for Freedom Program in Higher Education Act

The NAS lauded the passage of legislation, part of the Higher Education Act, which will further the study of American history.

National Association of Scholars Launches Argus Project

The NAS has announced the opening of its

University of Delaware Could Reinstate Residence Life Indoctrination Program

The University of Delaware has proposed a new program for residence life that looks just like the former program, known on campus as "the treatment." NAS exposed the abuses of UD's residence life curriculum last fall, and we now urge the Faculty Senate to vote against this proposal at their meeting on Monday, May 5.

Evidence Defeats Opponents of Michigan Racial Preferences Ban

NAS publishes an article unfolding how evidence of racial preferences' detriments stopped opponents of Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.

NAS Urges HHS to Disavow Voter Discrimination

The Council for Social Work Education persists in unconstitutional practices. NAS Urges HHS to Disavow Voter Discrimination.

NAS Expresses Pleasure and Relief at Advisory Panel's Recommendation on the AALE

The National Association of Scholars expressed its great pleasure at the decision of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) to recommend that the department’s recognition of the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) be extended, and that the restriction on its ability to accredit additional institutions be revoked.

NAS Study Declares Social Work Education to Be a National Academic Scandal

Social work education is a national academic scandal. So concludes a study released today by the National Association of Scholars.

NCATE Drops "Social Justice" as Accreditation Standard NAS Is Pleased

The NAS expressed its pleasure, today, with the announced decision of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to drop the reference to "social justice" in its professional dispositions standard. The announcement was made by Dr. Arthur Wise, the president of NCATE, at a meeting of the Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which was reviewing NCATE's petition for continuing recognition.