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One Party State By: Center for the Study of Popular Culture
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Democrats outnumber Republicans 30-1 at Brown; 14-1 at Yale.

The Center for the Study of Popular Culture released a report that documents the stunning bias against conservative viewpoints on college faculties and speakers platforms. At 32 elite colleges registered Democrats on the faculty outnumbered Republicans 10-1. At two of the schools – Bowdoin and Wellesley – the ratio was 23-1.

Center president, David Horowitz, who designed the investigation said, “The educational and research missions of the University are dependent upon the free exchange of ideas. Academic freedom can only exist in an environment of intellectual diversity that protects and fosters independence of thought and speech. Unfortunately such protections have been gravely weakened in American universities.” Horowitz suggested that universities and legislatures adopt the Academic Bill of Rights drafted by the Center, which stresses intellectual diversity as a core value of academic freedom. A copy of the Bill of Rights is attached to the report and available at http://www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org.

The Center study examined the party voting registrations of faculty and administrators in selected departments at 32 top schools including the entire Ivy League, Amherst, MIT, and UC Berkeley. Departments studied included Economics, History, English, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology. Liberal arts departments were emphasized because these areas of study focus on issues that affect society at large and make it more likely that political perspectives will enter into classroom dialogue.

Despite national registration figures showing roughly equal numbers of Americans registered as Democrats and Republicans, the Center found that not a single department among 32 schools came close to achieving parity between them. The fairest distribution at any school was at Northwestern University where 80 percent of the faculty members identified were registered Democrats, making the ratio 4-to-1. On average, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by a factor of 10-to-1.

At select schools, the ratios were far worse. At Brown University the ratio was 30-to-1, while at Swarthmore it was 21-to-1; at Columbia it was 14-to-1. At no less than four elite schools, Williams, Oberlin, MIT, and Haverford, the Center was unable to identify a single Republican on their faculties.

At a large research institution like Columbia University, the Center was able to identify only four Republican faculty members in the departments studied, and could not locate a single Republican in the history or political science departments.

At both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, conservative professors are so rare as as to make it probable that the average student graduates without ever taking a class taught by a professor with a conservative outlook.

An examination of the party registrations of college administrators revealed a similar imbalance. Among the eight schools in the Ivy League, the study identified only 3 Republican administrators. At many schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, and Cornell, the Center was unable to identify a single Republicans serving in an administrative capacity.

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