Here are links to all kinds of noteworthy groups, programs and resources relevant to higher ed reform. We’ve linked to organizations focused on particular issues, other important organizations, helpful higher education databases and lists, college ranking sites, media leaders, and email list-servs.

Issues-Focused Organizations | Important Organizations | Helpful Higher Education Databases and Lists | College Ranking Sites | Media Guide


Issues-Focused Organizations

Diversity/Racial Preferences

American Civil Rights Institute
Based in Sacramento, California, the American Civil Rights Institute is a nationally recognized civil rights organization created to educate the public on the harms of racial and gender preferences.

Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) 

The Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), the only think tank devoted exclusively to the promotion of colorblind equal opportunity and racial harmony, is uniquely positioned to counter the divisive impact of race conscious policies in multicultural education, immigration and assimilation, and racial preferences.

Individual Rights

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) 

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) will defend and sustain individual rights at America's increasingly repressive and partisan universities, bringing public scrutiny to bear on threats to free speech, religious freedom, right of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on those campuses.

Center for Individual Rights (CIR) 

The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt public interest law firm that advances a broad, civil-libertarian concept of individual rights, representing deserving clients (often pro bono) with particular emphasis on civil rights, the free exercise of religion, and sexual harassment law.


Center for College Affordability and Productivity
Founded in 2006, The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) is an independent, not-for-profit research center based in Washington, DC. The CCAP exists to help facilitate a broader dialogue on the issues and problems facing the institutes of higher education in the United States.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) supports the training, diversity, and professional development of financial aid administrators; advocates for public policies and programs that increase student access to and success in postsecondary education; and serves as a forum for communication and collaboration on student financial aid issues.  Its website provides helpful information and statistics about the cost of higher education and the loan programs offered by the government and private lending organizations. 

The College Affordability Guide
The College Affordability Guide provides information to help prospective students find and complete degrees.

Great Books/Core Curricula

Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) 
The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) promotes the common study of texts of cultural significance to the West and beyond, and helps initiate core text programs. This association challenges both aimless curricular choice and the current dominance of vocational, professional, and specialized curricula.

Wilbur Wright College, Chicago – Great Books Curriculum 
Founded in 1998 by Director Bruce Gans, the Great Books Curriculum at Wilbur Wright College has attracted wide attention nationally and has often served as a model for similar initiatives at other institutions. The program focuses on the seminal works of Western civilization, ranging across courses in English, Humanities, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Astronomy. 

Saint John’s College
St. John’s College is a co-educational, four-year liberal arts college known for its distinctive "great books" curriculum. The all-required course of study is based on the reading, study, and discussion of the most important books of the Western tradition. There are no majors and no departments; all students follow the same program.
Students study from the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, and music.

National Great Books Curriculum 

The National Great Books Curriculum is an academic community dedicated to furthering the study of Great Books in higher education.

K-12 Reform

Education Action Group
EAG is a non-partisan non-profit organization with the goal of promoting sensible education reform and exposing those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

Core Knowledge Foundation
The Core Knowledge Foundation promotes a reform movement that fosters literacy and academic excellence in elementary and middle school. It offers a shared core curriculum that helps children cultivate and build upon knowledge, grade by grade.

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation 

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation promotes reform in elementary/secondary education to effect the following goals: dramatically higher academic standards; an education system designed for and responsive to its consumers; verifiable outcomes and accountability; equality of opportunity; a solid core curriculum; educational diversity, competition, and choice; knowledgeable, capable, and professional teachers; and the dissemination of sound research and candid public information about school performance.

Western Civilization

Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) 

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) works to nurture in future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty that finds expression in our founding principles as limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise, and Judeo-Christian moral standards.

Alexander Hamilton Institute (AHI) 
The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) promotes rigorous scholarship and vigorous debate in the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism.

Christendom Review 

The Christendom Review is a literary journal dedicated to the Diaspora of Christendom, that remnant of people who either deliberately or intuitively subscribe to the Judeo-Christian and ancient Greek traditions of the West.

Yorktown University
Yorktown University was founded by scholars who were concerned that the philosophic, religious, historical and political traditions of the West had been abandoned in American higher education.  The core curriculum for its Bachelor of Arts degrees embodies a course of study designed to introduce students to the central ideas of Western civilization, the intellectual discovery that is the hallmark of Western culture and the ways that we celebrate daily the precious gifts of life, citizenship and the opportunity to become educated.

Heterodox Academy 
The Heterodox Academy is a group of scholars and social scientists seeking to combat "the loss or lack of 'viewpoint diversity'" in their fields and "advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy."

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Important Organizations

Higher Education Reform Organizations

American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) 

The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) accredits institutions that meet the academy's stringent standards. Its imprimatur provides clear means for identifying curricula with a well-articulated focus on mathematics, science, literature, and other elements at the core of a liberal education.

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
The AAUP's stated purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. 

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) 

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Launched in 1995, it works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) 
The Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) is an interdisciplinary scholarly society dedicated to the revitalization of freedom as a prime topic of academic attention that is too often neglected in today's academy. The association's members are scholars from a wide range of schools and subjects, whose interests and backgrounds include the study of freedom, its pre-conditions, and its institutions.

Intellectual Takeout
Intellectual Takeout provides students with an appealing alternative to the political orthodoxy that has prevailed in academe. As part of this effort, it offers solid subject matter and truly diverse ideas to those who might be called upon to support its choice of a more traditional conception of what a college education entails.

Heritage Foundation 

The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute that seeks to improve the quality of American education at all levels, as part of its general mission to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Pope Center for Higher Education Policy 

The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy brings innovative thinking and critical analysis to such crucial questions about higher education as: "Are the benefits of the steep rise in spending worth the costs?" "Do students, parents, and taxpayers get their money's worth?" and "Has higher education damaged itself by attempting to be all inclusive?"

Philanthropy Organizations

Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) 

CEHE's purpose is to educate the public about the state of higher education in America and help donors promote excellence in higher education through philanthropy.

Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund 

An endowment within the University of Illinois Foundation that promotes and advances scholarly research and teaching about free market capitalism, limited government, individual rights, individual responsibility, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Conversations on Philanthropy
Conversations on Philanthropy: Emerging Questions on Liberality and Social Thought's aim is to promote inquiry and reflection on the importance of liberality—in the dual sense of generosity and of the character befitting free individuals—for the flourishing of local communities, political societies, and humanity in general.

Philanthropy Daily
Philanthropy Daily provides authentic diversity of opinion and perspectives on the most important issues, persons, and ideas in the world of philanthropy. The site maintains a special focus on advancing both civil society and philanthropic freedom. 

The Philanthropic Enterprise
The Philanthropic Enterprise is a research and education institute that seeks to strengthen our understanding of the free society and how philanthropy and voluntary social cooperation promote human flourishing.

Discipline-Based Organizations

Association for Art History (AAH) 

The Association for Art History (AAH) seeks, through openness and diversity of inquiry, to create a forum for art historians, while insisting on the centrality of the art object itself. It reaffirms the significance of art history as a rigorous humanist discipline that embraces scholarly and critical standards of the highest order.

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) 

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) seeks to promote excellence in literary criticism and scholarship, and works to ensure that literature thrives in both scholarly and creative environments. We encourage the reading and writing of literature, criticism, and scholarship, as well as wide-ranging discussions among those committed to the reading and study of literary works.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. Increasingly national in scope, the Institute creates history-centered schools; organizes seminars and enrichment programs for educators; produces publications and traveling exhibitions; and sponsors lectures by eminent historians. It also publishes a quarterly journal, available at, which offers educational resources for teachers and students.

Historical Society 

The Historical Society invites people of every ideological and political tendency to revitalize the teaching and broad dissemination of historical knowledge. It is a place to lay down plausible premises, reason logically, appeal to evidence, and prepare for exchanges with those who hold different views on the context of historical study. It is not the place to formulate or impose political lines and programs.

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. (AAPS) 

A Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943.

International Organizations

Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS) 

The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS) seeks to maintain standards of individual merit in decisions about students and faculty and opposes such measures as speech codes that may infringe on the rights and responsibilities of the academic community in Canada.

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Helpful Higher Education Databases and Lists

Lists of Colleges and Universities

Accredited Online College Degree Programs
This page contains the complete list of accredited online college degree programs and online degrees for 2014.

Brain Track - US Colleges and Universities

Brain Track offers a comprehensive, searchable directory of United States colleges and universities. It provides go-to lists of facts and statistics for each institution.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) provides an online database that  lists more than 7,800 
degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions and more than 20,000 programs that are accredited by United States accrediting organizations that have been recognized either by CHEA or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or both. Each accrediting organization’s list of institutions or programs is prefaced by a brief description of the accredited status of the institutions or programs on the list and the year for which the list is accurate.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is to make the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.  Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,200 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

Accreditation Resources

An In-Depth Guide to Accreditation in Higher Education
This in-depth guide to accreditation in higher education explores how accreditation functions and why it is important.

Department of Education

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs and provides basic data needed to describe — and analyze trends in — postsecondary education in the United States.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. 

College Enrollment Data

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - Enrollment Fast Facts
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has published this Fast Facts for Enrollment that provides an overview of recent enrollment trends as well as additional links for further research.

Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac of Higher Education
The Almanac, published annually, gathers an assortment of key data about the most important trends in higher education.  A subscription to the Chronicle for Higher Education is required to view the findings.  A print version of the Almanac can also be ordered from the Chronicle for a modest fee.

Academic Lobbying Organizations is a financial disclosure website for lobbyist activity aimed at the federal government.  Its Education site, linked above, denotes which educational organizations and institutions actively lobbied the federal government in a selected fiscal year. Click on “individual clients” (the organizations funding the lobbyist activity), to view a financial history of its lobbying efforts as well as a list of lobbyist organizations that were hired to represent its interests to the federal government.

FinAid - Student Aid Lobbying and Advocacy Groups
This list compiled by identifies organizations that advocate increases in student aid funding.  Also linked from this page is a separate list of student aid lobbyists. 

Scholarly Organizations

Scholarly Societies Project
The Scholarly Societies Project provides a thorough listing of international scholarly organizations searchable by subject, country, language and founding date.

Fraternities and Sororities offers a comprehensive database of 1825 fraternities and sororities in the United States.

Student Newspapers

List of Student Newspapers in the United States
Wikipedia currently has one of the most extensive listings of college student newspapers in the US.  Its guide is still incomplete, but it does offer a helpful starting point for looking into student publications from across the country. 

As an alternative source to Wikipedia, e-ReferenceDesk maintains a list of U.S. college newspapers, university newspapers, and school newspapers by state that maintain an online presence for students to write about campus as well as national concerns.  All of these college newspapers have at least current or latest issue coverage, sometimes limited to stories of local interest. (Newspapers lacking news content online have been excluded.) 

The College Fix
The College Fix is a news and commentary site dedicated to higher ed news. Its content draws from the members of the Student Free Press Association, as well as the best stories in college newspapers every day.

The Collegiate Network
A project of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), the Collegiate Network supports independent college newspapers, magazines and journals that serve to focus public awareness on the politicization of American college and university classrooms, curricula, student life, and the resulting decline of educational standards.

Academic Journals

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) - Journals Index
The list of journals provided by ERIC includes titles indexed in their system from 1966 to the present, and indicates any breaks in coverage. Through this site you can select a title to view journal details, including ISSN, publisher, frequency of publication, peer-reviewed status (for currently indexed journals only), type of coverage (comprehensive or selective), years of coverage, and total number of records in ERIC (updated quarterly), and a brief description from either the publisher's Web site or Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.
Hosted by online research organization Genamics, claims to offer the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information on the internet. Journal information provided by the database includes the description (aims and scope), journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN. 

College Athletics

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The NCAA oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. There are more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities within the NCAA.

National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
The NCCAA is an association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement.

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College Ranking Sites

U.S News & World Report
U.S. News is the most well-known and frequently cited collegiate ranking system.  It has rankings for undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

The Princeton Review
Rankings by the Princeton Review are compiled from annual surveys filled out by students at colleges and universities across the country.  A subscription fee is required to view its complete findings.

This annual list published by Forbes ranks the top 650 undergraduate programs by education outcomes. 

What Will They Learn? (ACTA)
Created by the American Council for Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), What Will They Learn? grades colleges and universities on a letter scale according to how well each school prepares their students to succeed post graduation in seven key subject areas.

Washington Monthly
An alternative rankings site, Washington Monthly evaluates institutions of higher education by how well they “contribute to the common good.”  It uses three main categories (social mobility, research and service) to determine its final reports.

The Best Colleges
Seeking to highlight schools that offer a quality, reputable education at a reasonable cost, The Best Colleges rankings can provide middle ground options for prospective students and their parents.

Online Education Database (OEDb)
This site ranks online collegiate education and provides thorough analysis of some the fastest growing programs in the country.

Kiplinger (Best College Values)
For the budget-conscious, Kiplinger publishes this annual list to rank colleges by value, based on cost, financial aid, and educational quality.

The Wall Street Journal
The ranking system used by the Wall Street Journal evaluates schools and majors by career potential post graduation.  This is a helpful resource for students looking beyond college to their chances in the job market.

Campus Grotto
A national college news publication, Campus Grotto publishes a variety of rankings on less traditional topics which still may be of interest to the discerning mind, including its “Most Expensive Colleges” list.

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Media Guide

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.  Although a subscription is required to view the full text for most of its daily articles, several blogs and features are accessible to the public.  NAS President Peter Wood is a regular contributor to its blog Innovations.

Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed is a popular online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education.  All of its content is free, easy to access, and updated throughout the day.

Minding the Campus 

Minding the Campus, a project of the Manhattan Institute, will provide the best that is said and written about the requisites of genuine liberal education, in order to bridge the divide between the Academy - where intemperate orthodoxies trump open intellectual exchange - and society outside, which is not fully aware of how truth has been compromised within the ivied walls.

Phi Beta Cons
Launched in March 2006, National Review Online’s Phi Beta Cons blog tracks political, cultural, and academic trends on the American college campus from the perspective of American conservatism. Contributors to this blog include professors, students, and higher education professionals.

HuffPost College
Combining straight journalism and opinion editorials, HuffPost College, a division of The Huffington Post, offers readers a wide variety of continually updated online content about higher education.

A blog managed and written by Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit is an excellent resource for keeping up with the latest developments in higher education.

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