Resources

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.

NAS Resources

In addition to our regular work producing research reports, articles, statements, press releases, webinars, podcasts, and the like, the NAS has also over the years created practical resources for scholars and concerned citizens to take matters into their own hands. That is, documents and other materials with which interested parties may educate themselves on the most important issues facing American higher education; petition their legislators and school boards to enact critical reforms; and, most recently, defend themselves or others against attacks on academic freedom and freedom of expression.

What follows is a list of said resources, which we hope will be a valuable aid to those who need them or know someone who does.

This page is currently in a prototype form and will be updated in content and structure at a later date.


Policy Briefs

We at the NAS often receive inquiries from members and other interested parties along the lines of, "What does NAS think about ____ ?" While we have done work on many issues facing higher education, our thoughts are often scattered between various research reports, articles, webinars, podcasts, etc. Policy briefs are a handy one-stop-shop for our basic stance on a particular issue. Click the links below to download PDF files of our first five briefs—more to come.

Confucius Institutes

Confucius Institutes (CIs) are, ostensibly, Chinese language and culture centers hosted by universities outside of the People’s Republic of China. Just five years ago, there were over 100 CIs in the United States alone. However, the NAS discovered through our ground-breaking research that CIs and their K-12 counterpart, Confucius Classrooms, actually operate as Chinese Communist Party propaganda and espionage hubs. Click below to read more.

Download our Confucius Institutes Policy Brief

Title IX

Title IX was originally passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to create equal access for women in colleagiate sports. Title IX offices have since morphed into bureaucratic sex monitors that adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations with little or no legal experience, often with complete disregard for the basic principles of justice. How did we get here, and what can be done? Click below to read more.

Download our Title IX Policy Brief

Freedom to Learn and Depoliticizing Higher Education

NAS has proffered Freedom to Learn, a series of amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) that would reform higher education finances, guarantee liberty and equal opportunity, and reorient America’s colleges to serve America’s national interest. Click below to read more.

Download our Freedom to Learn and Depoliticizing Higher Education Policy Brief

Student Debt & "Administrative Bloat"

College costs have more than doubled in the last 40 years. Many students now borrow large amounts of money and incur unmanageable debt. Meanwhile, bloated university bureaucracies continue to hire expensive administrators and staff for jobs which do little if anything to improve classroom teaching. Student debt pays for administrators’ salaries; this amounts to a massive wealth transfer away from America’s middle-class families into the hands of dysfunctional higher education bureaucracies. Click below to read more.

Download our Student Debt & "Administrative Bloat" Policy Brief

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set of high school science standards that have been adopted by 20 states plus the District of Columbia and have served as a basis for changes to science education standards in an additional 24 states. The problem is, they're mediocre at best and do an immense disservice to American students. Our children deserve a rigorous, substantive science education rather than the watered-down, activist-training-infused "education" they receive through the NGSS. Click below to read more.

Download our Next Generation Science Standards Policy Brief


When Cancel Culture Comes: Resources for Scholars, Administrators, and Students 

Cancel culture is merciless, and it moves at light speed. If you or someone you know are facing cancellation, click here for downloadable resources.

Download an Excel chart of academic freedom organizations.

Download Word document of academic freedom organizations.


Active Investigations

How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

We're keeping track of all Confucius Institutes in the United States, including those that remain open, those that closed, and those that have announced their closing.

Cracking Down on Illegal Ties to China

A repository of 46 American professors, higher ed administrators, students, and government researchers who have been investigated or charged for illegal ties to China.

Tracking "Cancel Culture" in Higher Education

A repository of 128 administrators, professors, and students who have been "canceled" for expressing views deemed unacceptable by higher education ideologues.

Higher Ed Leadership Takes on Racism

Is your institution one of the 300+ that have published statements condemning "systemic racism" and promising an "anti-racist" future? Click to find out.


Countering 1619 Project History Curricula

An example letter from NAS Board Member Jay Bergman to the superintendent of Newington schools on the dangers of 1619 Project-inspired history curricula in K-12 education, along with downloadable template letters to send to your own local school boards and local legislators.


Toolkits

Countering Chinese Soft Power: An Updated Toolkit for Concerned Citizens

An updated toolkit for citizens concerned about the presence of Confucius Institutes in the United States. Use this toolkit to send letters to college presidents and your government representatives.

Title IX Toolkit

For your reference: the basics on the history of Title IX, how it is used today, and why we seek reform.

Neo-Segregation Toolkit

Recommended steps and resources that NAS members can take to push back against the rise of neo-segregation on American campuses.

Free to Speak: A Toolkit for Reforming the Higher Education Act

Do you want to protect free thought on campus? Help NAS reform the Higher Education Act by using the tools in this handy toolkit!

Toolkit on the Politicization of the College Board

How did the College Board become so thoroughly politicized? What else can be done to ensure that high school students receive an unbiased, rigorous education?

Toolkit: Making Science Reproducible

A citizen's guide to the science education, funding, and reform.