Blueprints for Reform

The university system in the United States has accomplished a great deal of good, but it has strayed from its chief goals of scholarly inquiry and responsible teaching, especially in the past 20 years. All too often, universities allow teaching to become shallow and trendy, failing to challenge students intellectually and disparaging traditional principles of … Continue reading “Blueprints for Reform”


Model System Policy: Minimum Admission Requirements

Academic standards do not need to be identical for every institution in the country, and they shouldn’t be. But all baccalaureate institutions should require that applicants at least meet SAT or ACT college-ready test score benchmarks and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. They should also be expected to fulfill core course requirements.  … Continue reading “Model System Policy: Minimum Admission Requirements”


Breaking Away From Leviathan: Colleges Can Thrive Without Federal Funding

Can an academic institution be truly free if it relies on government funding? Perhaps in some perfect world, but today in the U.S., however, unencumbered generosity is not part of relationship between the federal government and higher education. Federal dollars mean federal mandates, and those mandates grow increasingly draconian. More and more, they stifle debate … Continue reading “Breaking Away From Leviathan: Colleges Can Thrive Without Federal Funding”


Free Speech in Peril at West Virginia Colleges

From the introduction of Free Speech at West Virginia Colleges and Universities: Peril and Promise A campus-climate survey published by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) in 2021—the largest of its kind ever performed, including 37,104 students at 159 institutions—found that 5-in-6 college students have self-censored because of how they perceived other students, … Continue reading “Free Speech in Peril at West Virginia Colleges”


Rules for Academic Reformers

From the executive summary of Rules for Academic Reformers: For decades, observant Americans have looked upon our institutions of higher learning with dismay. The reasons for their anxiety varied; some were upset at the increasing politicization, others at rising costs, and so on. But it seemed as if there were no way to turn back … Continue reading “Rules for Academic Reformers”


Model Legislation: End Political Litmus Tests in Education Act

The “End Political Litmus Tests in Education Act” can help preserve academic freedom and freedom of speech and conscience at public schools, colleges, and universities. Traditionally, faculty candidates at public universities have been evaluated based on four documents: a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, research statement, and teaching statement. Now, a fifth document is being … Continue reading “Model Legislation: End Political Litmus Tests in Education Act”


UVA and the New “McCarthyism”–An Insider’s Perspective

UVA and the New “McCarthyism” –An Insider’s Perspective, a new report by Joel Gardner discusses increasing politicization, censorship, and institutional bias at the University of Virginia. Despite recently adopting its own set of free expression principles, the University has exhibited a free speech double standard and imposed mandatory affirmation of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” among … Continue reading “UVA and the New “McCarthyism”–An Insider’s Perspective”


Critical Social Justice in the UNC System

From the executive summary of Critical Social Justice in the UNC System: Critical Social Justice (CSJ) poses a threat to higher education and to the American way of life. This school of thought goes by many names, including Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory, Multiculturalism, and Identity Politics. All these ideologies divide the world into aggrieved … Continue reading “Critical Social Justice in the UNC System”


Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints

From the executive summary of “Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints”: Everywhere in higher education, there is a rhetorical affirmation of the values of free speech and the development of informed citizens. North Carolina’s state motto in Latin is Esse Quam Videri, which translates to “To Be … Continue reading “Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints”


Scholastic Gag Orders: NDAs, Mandatory Arbitration, and the Legal Threat to Academics

In this Martin Center policy brief, Scholastic Gag Orders: NDAs, Mandatory Arbitration, and the Legal Threat to Academics, Stephen Baskerville explores how non-disparagement agreements (NDAs) and mandatory arbitration (MA) provide a veil of legally enforced secrecy, shielding administrations from negative publicity, professional censure, and legitimate oversight, as they cleanse their faculty of ideologically heterodox professors.