The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Our address is 420 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Our EIN is 11-2741490.

How do I access Academic Questions?

Members are sent a print edition of our journal, Academic Questions every quarter by mail. Members also have access to the entire archive of articles available at nas.org/academic-questions

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When was the National Association of Scholars founded?

NAS was founded in 1987 by Stephen Balch and others. For several years before that, the founding members had been meeting under the name Campus Coalition for Democracy.

What is the National Association of Scholar's political affiliation?

The NAS has no political affiliation. As NAS President Peter Wood has written: "Both the Left and the Right produce their share of intellectual obtuseness. The NAS is not a partner with either. We are not a political organization, but a body of scholars who hope to sustain a vision of the university as a fundamentally good institution that deserves to be sustained."

Who may join the National Association of Scholars?

NAS membership is open to all who share a commitment to its core principles. A large majority of our members are current and former faculty members. We also welcome graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, college administrators, independent scholars, as well as non-academic citizens who care about the future of higher education.

What are the Benefits of Membership in the National Association of Scholars?

NAS members receive a subscription to our journal Academic Questions and access to a network of people who share a commitment to academic freedom and excellence.

How many members does the National Association of Scholars have?

NAS currently has about 4,000 active and associate members across the country.

What have others written about the National Association of Scholars?

You can see a list of writings about the National Association of Scholars on our social media, and a quick google search under news will give you plenty to read.

What are the qualifications for the National Association of Scholars' Board Members, and what are their terms? Are there Provisions for regular meetings of the NAS members?

NAS’s by-laws set out these standards.

How does the National Association of Scholars handle sensitive or confidential information?

The National Association is extremely careful with all information provided to us, particularly personal or sensitive information. Our document retention and destruction and whistle-blower policies lay out our approach in detail.