Dicta

The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

A Trustee for Free Speech

NAS

Jamie Kirchick collects Yale alumni signatures in his campaign to join the Yale Board of Trustees.

NAS Sends Letter to SUNY Trustees

Peter Wood

Peter Wood and Rachelle Peterson ask the SUNY Board of Trustees to investigate the Confucius Institutes in their system.

Rachelle Peterson on WSJ Live

NAS

The fossil fuel divestment fad indulges fantasy rather than grappling with economic realities. 

Fueling Lawsuits

Rachelle Peterson

Harvard students sue to divest from fossil fuels.

Divestment’s Gettysburg?

Rachelle Peterson

The divestment movement suffers a devastating defeat at Hamilton College.

The University of California Regents Contradict Themselves

John Ellis

In a new series of correspondence about the California Association of Scholars' report A Crisis of Competence, the University of California Regents appear less than transparent.

Calling on the Regents to Protect Academic Integrity

Ashley Thorne

John Ellis writes about the controversy at UCLA in which a professor included a link, "Boycotting Israel," on his class website.

Stop Treating Trustees Like Mushrooms

George Leef

Most college and university trustees are generally kept in the dark; they need independence to get the right information.

Richard Vedder on PSU Report and University Governance

Glenn Ricketts

NAS Board member Richard Vedder suggests some necessary reforms in university governance in light of the Penn State scandal.

Don’t Count on Trustees

George Leef

Are Trustees trustworthy? Not until they become CEOs.

Video: Ben Novak on Trusteeship and Shared Governance

Andy Nash

Former PSU trustee Dr. Ben Novak joins Andy Nash for an insightful look at the historical and current role of trustees in higher education.

Anne Neal Argues That Trustees Should Get Involved

George Leef

Anne Neal urges trustees to find out what’s actually going on at their schools and to stop sitting around like potted plants and do something about the clear erosion of academic standards and student learning.

Totems in America

Peter Wood

Peter Wood defends the CUNY trustee who opposed an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner.

CUNY Trustees Stand Up Against Faculty's Anti-Israel Sentiments - In Vain

NYAS

A statement of NAS's affiliate the New York Association of Scholars on the Kushner controversy.

NTNU Board Rejects Boycott of Israel

Candace de Russy

The trustees of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), reports the Jerusalem Post, have unanimously voted against severing ties with Israeli universities, and no one rose to argue in favor of the corrosive proposal. Good sense and respect for openness to diverse views prevailed. Had the outcome of this vote been different, a dangerous precedent would have been set for all academe. Kudos to the trustees.

Three Cheers for the Dons: Part 2

Tom Wood

Governance structures that take control of the university out of the hands of the faculty make it easier for

University Governance: Will Dartmouth Become Shutmouth?

Poor Dartmouth College. Having opted back in the nineteenth century to allow its alumni to choose half of its governing board, it is now stuck with the consequences: four successive trustee elections lost to insurgents and an administration plan to hobble future insurgent nominations scotched for good measure.