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Ideological scholarship meets real-life problems and guarantees nothing useful will be done, making an entire discipline close to worthless—lead-in to our special feature for this issue, “Incapacity: Enfeebling Higher Education.” Essays by Daniel Bonevac, Karen Prior, J. Scott Kenney, and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak.
We uphold reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. We defend academic freedom of faculty members and students. We believe colleges should respect the freedom of individuals to make up their own minds. And that such intellectual freedom must be anchored in the honest pursuit of the truth.
We expect persons and ideas to be judged on merit, and colleges and universities to provide for fair competition between views.
The liberal arts are the core subjects that a free people should know. They are foundational to higher education.
We believe colleges and universities should train rising generations in virtuous citizenship, which broadly means upholding the rule of law and taking a positive role in shaping public life.
Defend the academic freedom of faculty members, students, and others.
Investigate issues affecting academic freedom, the integrity, purpose, and neutrality of the university.
Educate the public about policies and legislation that would preserve the liberal arts and protect academic freedom.