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The “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) paradigm is sweeping through academia.
 
The nation’s cultural elites have been gripped by an intense wave of moral panic since the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol.
The nation’s cultural elites have been gripped by an intense wave of moral panic since the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol.
 
Free speech in higher ed is threatened, and leaders in our academic institutions won’t save it.
 
As academia becomes ever-more entrenched in groupthink, it can be intimidating to be a lone voice that refuses to toe the ideological line.
As academia becomes ever-more entrenched in groupthink, it can be intimidating to be a lone voice that refuses to toe the ideological line.
 
Nowhere is “cancel culture” more deeply entrenched than in academia; it was commonplace there long before the actual phrase was coined to describe the current social media phenomenon.
Nowhere is “cancel culture” more deeply entrenched than in academia; it was commonplace there long before the actual phrase was coined to describe the current social media phenomenon.
 
Oreskes and Tyson published “Is Academe Awash in Liberal Bias?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education on September 14.
Oreskes and Tyson published “Is Academe Awash in Liberal Bias?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education on September 14.
 
On January 6, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) co-sponsored an event with the Martin Center to introduce a report on the spread of social justice education in the academy.
On January 6, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) co-sponsored an event with the Martin Center to introduce a report on the spread of social justice education in the academy.
 
The fact that conservatives are outnumbered on college campuses isn’t groundbreaking news.
 
Unfortunately, the outlook for PhDs hasn’t improved since 2012. More and more, doctoral students sacrifice family, wealth, and their mental health to earn a degree with terrible job prospects.
Unfortunately, the outlook for PhDs hasn’t improved since 2012. More and more, doctoral students sacrifice family, wealth, and their mental health to earn a degree with terrible job prospects.
 
A letter from the federal Department of Education has sparked yet another controversy on the campuses of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A letter from the federal Department of Education has sparked yet another controversy on the campuses of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
Davidson College has an impressive academic reputation. It has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Nearly 90 percent of its courses have fewer than 30 students each.
Davidson College has an impressive academic reputation. It has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Nearly 90 percent of its courses have fewer than 30 students each.
 
The focus used to be on developing the whole person: To lift students morally and ethically, to pique their curiosity in all things, and to instill, as cardinal John Henry Newman wrote, certain “habits of mind” that produce a deeply thoughtful individual.
The focus used to be on developing the whole person: To lift students morally and ethically, to pique their curiosity in all things, and to instill, as cardinal John Henry Newman wrote, certain “habits of mind” that produce a deeply thoughtful individual.
 
Americans' trust in higher education is crumbling. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 48 percent of American adults have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in higher education
Americans' trust in higher education is crumbling. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 48 percent of American adults have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in higher education
 
There are lots of people in our higher education system who claim that it is "the envy of the world" and just needs more money to graduate more young Americans with the degrees that are supposedly in great demand
There are lots of people in our higher education system who claim that it is "the envy of the world" and just needs more money to graduate more young Americans with the degrees that are supposedly in great demand
 
In a News & Observer article last week, a faculty member expressed concerns about UNC-Chapel Hill being “overwhelmingly liberal.”
In a News & Observer article last week, a faculty member expressed concerns about UNC-Chapel Hill being “overwhelmingly liberal.”
 
Our topic today is the importance of intellectual diversity on campus. I doubt there is anyone here who does not believe in the importance of intellectual diversity on campus, so I would like to approach the topic somewhat indirectly
Our topic today is the importance of intellectual diversity on campus. I doubt there is anyone here who does not believe in the importance of intellectual diversity on campus, so I would like to approach the topic somewhat indirectly
 
Postmodern academia no longer searches for truth. Except in the physical sciences, objectivity is too often replaced with moral relativism, "critical theory," and the "lived experience" of individual scholars
Postmodern academia no longer searches for truth. Except in the physical sciences, objectivity is too often replaced with moral relativism, "critical theory," and the "lived experience" of individual scholars
 
Former Harvard University president Derek Bok can't stop thinking and writing about higher education
Former Harvard University president Derek Bok can't stop thinking and writing about higher education
 
Half of me is reluctant to write something harshly critical about higher education in the United States because I'm such a true-blue believer in, beneficiary of, and insider to the system
Half of me is reluctant to write something harshly critical about higher education in the United States because I'm such a true-blue believer in, beneficiary of, and insider to the system
 
American campuses have drifted away from academia and toward administration
 
Academics often point out that diversity is good, in part, because it brings different perspectives and experiences to the table
Academics often point out that diversity is good, in part, because it brings different perspectives and experiences to the table
 
Conservatives today seem to be pretty good at winning elections. They also seem to be pretty good at spreading their ideas; there are more conservative think tanks, student groups, campus centers, policy organizations, and media outlets than ever before.
Conservatives today seem to be pretty good at winning elections. They also seem to be pretty good at spreading their ideas; there are more conservative think tanks, student groups, campus centers, policy organizations, and media outlets than ever before.
 
Several years ago, the University of Colorado Boulder did something pioneering in American higher education.
 
Accreditation is like the pancreas: not very interesting, but a source of serious problems if it malfunctions
Accreditation is like the pancreas: not very interesting, but a source of serious problems if it malfunctions
 
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, and the resulting 4-4 philosophical divide among the remaining justices, likely swung Chief Justice John Roberts' decision not to issue a stay in North Carolina's congressional redistricting case, say several political science professors
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, and the resulting 4-4 philosophical divide among the remaining justices, likely swung Chief Justice John Roberts' decision not to issue a stay in North Carolina's congressional redistricting case, say several political science professors
 
As medieval Europeans placed their hope for salvation in the church and donated vast sums for the construction of splendidly ornate cathedrals, many modern Americans place their hope for a future better world in higher education and give accordingly
As medieval Europeans placed their hope for salvation in the church and donated vast sums for the construction of splendidly ornate cathedrals, many modern Americans place their hope for a future better world in higher education and give accordingly
 
European civilization collapsed in the centuries following the fall of Rome. Barbarian hordes overran much of the continent. The vibrant intellectual life of Greece and Rome was no more; learning and literacy plummeted between the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas.
European civilization collapsed in the centuries following the fall of Rome. Barbarian hordes overran much of the continent. The vibrant intellectual life of Greece and Rome was no more; learning and literacy plummeted between the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas.
 
I have made the decision to never again seek employment at a college or university. I will never send another C.V. to an institute of higher education. I am finished wasting my time.
I have made the decision to never again seek employment at a college or university. I will never send another C.V. to an institute of higher education. I am finished wasting my time.
 
I have been part of seemingly countless curriculum committees over the past six years, and I have read hundreds of course syllabi. It seems there are two competing trends in academia when it comes to syllabi.
I have been part of seemingly countless curriculum committees over the past six years, and I have read hundreds of course syllabi. It seems there are two competing trends in academia when it comes to syllabi.
 
My thanks to George Leef for his April 23 review of my book Why Higher Education SHOULD Have a Leftist Bias. I brought the book to his attention with a copy of an open letter to the officials of several conservative scholarly organizations including the Pope Center, reiterating the appeal in my...
My thanks to George Leef for his April 23 review of my book Why Higher Education SHOULD Have a Leftist Bias. I brought the book to his attention with a copy of an open letter to the officials of several conservative scholarly organizations including the Pope Center, reiterating the appeal in my...
 
I recently spoke with a philosophy professor at an Ivy League university. We discussed some issues in higher education, including such depressing topics as the increasing rejection of long-accepted standards of objectivity and a growing contempt for traditional perspectives.
I recently spoke with a philosophy professor at an Ivy League university. We discussed some issues in higher education, including such depressing topics as the increasing rejection of long-accepted standards of objectivity and a growing contempt for traditional perspectives.
 
Before it became ensconced in academia, feminism had a point. By the 1960s, sex roles in the United States were changing; traditional roles had become outmoded and constricting. Laws, habits, and customs needed to be updated  -  and they were.
Before it became ensconced in academia, feminism had a point. By the 1960s, sex roles in the United States were changing; traditional roles had become outmoded and constricting. Laws, habits, and customs needed to be updated  -  and they were.
 
Academia's leftist tilt creates unique challenges for conservative students. While liberal students are taught by faculty who largely share their political and ideological worldview, conservatives students are often forced to take courses from faculty who fundamentally reject their core beliefs.
Academia's leftist tilt creates unique challenges for conservative students. While liberal students are taught by faculty who largely share their political and ideological worldview, conservatives students are often forced to take courses from faculty who fundamentally reject their core beliefs.
 
Many years ago when the TV Guide was the size of a thin paperback, I recall seeing an ad promoting an upcoming documentary. The full page ad showed a picture of a black man and the ad asked "What do you see - a man or a black man?"
Many years ago when the TV Guide was the size of a thin paperback, I recall seeing an ad promoting an upcoming documentary. The full page ad showed a picture of a black man and the ad asked "What do you see - a man or a black man?"
 
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