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Campus and Community III: Finding a Bit of Viewpoint Diversity in Higher Ed

Much of higher-education in the United States is dominated by politically active and overwhelmingly liberal college administrators – whose ranks are ever-growing, and influence ever-expanding. Yet even as warnings about the diminution of viewpoint diversity become louder, it is important to understanding where and why there are some schools that are not completely progressive in orientation. For..

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What Is the Purpose of Peer Review?

Academic researchers have grown accustomed to a world in which small cliques dominate certain journals, and with it establish back channels that benefit themselves, their friends, and their students. Hence the (empirically verified) adage that science proceeds one funeral at a time. In some fields, political posturing often seems indistinguishable from scholarship, unpopular ideas are..

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Constructing ‘Campus Craziness’

Maybe you have heard of it, or seen it. You should be aware of it, since its affecting how college campuses are viewed by the public. It’s a branded Fox News segment, “Campus Craziness.” The segment has some variation – snowflake students, liberal professors, deplatformed speakers – but the core message is the same: conservatives..

Campus and Community II: A Longitudinal Extension

In a recent book, Land Grant Universities for the Future, Stephen Gavazzi and Gordon Gee analyze polling data from land grant universities and their host communities and find that institutions of higher learning tend to be “islands of blue” which mirror state capitals and major urban areas, inside “vast seas of red” – i.e. the..

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Community and Campus: The Relationship between Viewpoint Diversity and Community Partisanship

What is the cause of the academy’s partisan imbalance? One popular view is that dynamics in hiring and promotion preferentially select for liberal and Democratic faculty over conservative and Republican ones. Others point to graduate school training, where right-of-center viewpoints supposedly face strong discrimination. And still others argue that a process of self-selection is at..