The National Association of Scholars relies on our members, allies, and good-willing citizens to blow the whistle on corruption, expose higher education's excess, and promote accountability and reform. Best of all, professors, parents, students, trustees, and administrators can take the lead.
Professors can get involved by hosting guest speakers to provide a forum for underrepresented ideas or perspectives on their campus. The occupation of professors makes them an excellent source of reform. Professors may write op-eds and call out college leaders. College and university trustees, presidents, provosts, and deans who cave in to political correctness hate to admit it. They feel obligated to acknowledge the importance of the traditional ideals of liberal education. That means they get embarrassed when someone articulately points out how far their campuses have wandered from the pursuit of truth, fair-minded debate, and the marketplace of ideas. Professors can assign classics, promote history and western civilization courses, and hold their students to higher standards. Lastly, professors often have a voice in faculty debates on campus. Be vocal and don't be afraid to ask for help.
Parents often bear the cost of bloated campus bureaucracy. The cost of education continues to grow, well outside the budget of many families. Parents can lobby their representatives, send letters, and press the leadership at their childrens' university. Read our statements and use our toolkits to get the ball rolling. Get other parents involved.
Students will ultimately pay the price for the failure of colleges and universities to keep costs down and provide a campus steeped in debate, academic excellence, and a diversity of ideas. Students can promote higher education reform by attending universities that protect intellectual freedom or demanding it from their current university. They can start a book club or organization that represents an alternative viewpoint to the campus monoculture. See our list of recommended programs. Maybe one is on your campus.
Administrators work in the belly of the beast. Their work often defines the campus culture through the admissions process and creation of the student body to on and off campus events, approval of student organizations, speaker invitations, academic and intellectual freedom policies, and Title IX enforcement. Higher education needs administrators that have the best interest of students in mind: that promote exposure to underrepresented ideas, safeguard intellectual and academic freedom, apply policies justly and without arbitrariness, and hold the line against administrative bloat. Administrators can promote these and also blow the whistle when unofficial policy crosses the line.
Everyone is encouraged to join the National Association of Scholars, subscribe to our newsletter, and attend our events. Our toolkits, recommended books and programs, and reports are all great starting places for those that want to get involved. For further inquiries or ideas be sure to write us!