New Report: Colleges Ranked by Diversity of Opinion

Jun 28, 2017 by

Colleges have become so far left and restrictive of conservative speech, that the Heterodox academy was created. They encourage diversity of ideas.

By Bill Korach –

American colleges and universities have become so restrictive of First Amendment rights  and freedom of expression, that a consortium of Academics created The Heterodox Academy. According to their website

 We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.

They certainly have a point. Today over 400 colleges have restrictive speech codes, many campus students have rioted or staged crippling protests to prevent speakers they dislike often with the full complicity of the college administration. The restricted ideas tend to be conservative thought, so while all colleges say they support diversity, they certainly don’t support diversity of ideas.

Heterodox member Dr Jack Citrin told Wall Street Journal Reporter Douglas Belkin:

“I think there’s a lot of embarrassment on campuses, so some kind of statement from the top might have good-sounding words but actions speak louder than words,” said Jack Citrin, a professor of political science at Berkeley. “I’d like to see what happens the next time [conservative intellectuals] Charles Murray or Ayaan Hirsi Ali try to speak on a campus.”

The Heterodox Academy, a consortium of about 900 academics that aims to broaden the diversity of opinions on campus. This week the group released its second university rankings, which aim to measure just how well the most elite schools in the nation are faring in that regard.

Some of the findings are shocking but not surprising:

Harvard University, which has repeatedly been in the crosshairs of free-speech advocates, was 103rd out of 106 schools in the Heterodox ranking.

Heterodox, which weighs schools’ regulations as well as the ratings of other first-amendment groups, cited Harvard’s history of censoring outside speakers, a blacklist on private clubs, fraternities and sororities, and a laminated “social justice” place mat handed out to students before winter break in 2015. The aim of the place mat was to help students prepare “for holiday discussions on race and justice with loved ones.”

The Heterodox ranking lists Berkeley as 105 out of 106 schools, citing the protests that stopped Mr. Yiannopoulos and Ms. Coulter from speaking as well as a missive from the University of California system urging faculty “not to criticize affirmative action or to refer to America as a melting pot.”

On Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) criticized Berkeley for failing to adequately punish violent protesters.

“Higher education rests on the free flow of ideas,” he said.

A Berkeley spokesman said a misperception has taken root about the school’s tolerance for conservative viewpoints.

“We would resist the notion that this campus has been anything other than welcoming to speakers from across the political spectrum,” spokesman Dan Mogulof said.

The Heterodox Academy put Yale University 97th out of 106. The ranking noted in 2016 it had earned both the Jefferson Muzzle Award for censorship by students and the Harvey Silvergate Muzzle Award for students demanding the resignation of professors over an e-mail.

It’s good to know that some academics are finally awakening to the dangers of elimination of free sppech.

Source: New Report: Colleges Ranked by Diversity of Opinion |

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