FAQ

Here are some questions people ask frequently about membership in NAS and the work we do. Please contact us with any other questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate or join online? Your form says that my browser is blocking cookies, but I've enabled them. 

In the last few years, Safari and Firefox have added a new feature that blocks cross-website tracking. Although great for protecting your ad privacy it, unfortunately, blocks our donate and join forms. To enable cross-website tracking, follow the directions listed by Apple here

We require cross-website tracking because our donate and join forms are hosted by SofterWare, a subsidiary of our constituent management system DonorPerfect. If you have any questions, please contact us at contact@nas.org or call us at 917-551-6770.

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 a select number of articles available at nas.org/academic-questions. To read the full online version of the journal, members must request access by writing to contact@nas.org. A member of our team will write back to you with the confirmation. Once complete you will be able to access the entire achive of Academic Questions, including the current issue, on https://link.springer.com/.

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 2,800 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 information of a personal or sensitive nature. Our document retention and destruction and whistle-blower policies lay out our approach in detail.