2015 Annual ReportDownload the
In 2015 the National Association of Scholars published Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism, a critique and study of higher education's new movement, and Inside Divestment, a study of the national campaign to use students to pressure colleges and universities to divest from fossil-fuel energy companies. NAS joined with historians across the country and succeeded in bringing the College Board to mitigate the anti-American slant in its Advanced Placement U.S. History course standards. Dr. Wood’s letter to scientists in the National Academy of Sciences has begun a conversation in the scientific community about the rights of dissenters to publish evidence outside “consensus.” NAS balanced its budget, gained new members, and reached new audiences in print, TV, and radio. We built alliances with new organizations and strengthened old ones. NAS continues to be an advocate of virtuous learning and intellectual freedom on campuses nationally.
2014 Annual Report
In 2014, the NAS published its fourth annual edition of Beach Books, the nation’s leading report on college “common reading,” and advanced research for several other reports, including Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism, Making Citizens, and others. NAS hosted a conference at Bowdoin College and a screening in New York of a film on skyrocketing student debt. President Peter Wood published a book on the Common Core State Standards for K-12 Education and participated in campus debates with proponents of the Standards. Membership in the National Association of Scholars grew by 25 percent and the organization gained strength as an advocate for the importance of robust debate on American college campuses.
2013 Annual Report
In 2013, the NAS held a national conference in New York bringing together hundreds of supporters (and keynote speaker, author Tom Wolfe) to consider how to navigate the “Mighty Maze” of American higher education and summon a larger, liberating view of what it can do. NAS brought to completion our most ambitious research project yet: a top-to-bottom examination of Bowdoin College, which ignited a national conversation about modern liberal arts education. In addition to that book-length study, we brought out two other well-received research reports, on the history curricula of two Texas universities and on common reading programs at colleges across the country.
2012 Annual Report
In 2012, the NAS moved from Princeton to New York, Herbert London succeeded founder and longtime president Stephen Balch as chairman, and NAS completed research for several major reports, including Recasting History and What Does Bowdoin Teach? Fox News aired an hour-long special about sustainability drawing on NAS’s work and including an interview with NAS president Peter Wood. NAS celebrated its 25th anniversary and founded the Center for the Study of the Curriculum.