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Are College Classrooms Politically Biased?

Sunday July 2005

Panelists: Stanley Rothman, Mary Higgins Gamble Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College; S. Robert Lichter, Professor of Communications, George Mason University; Anne D. Neal, President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni; Roger Bowen, General Secretary, American Association of University Professors

Diversity has been a shibboleth of American higher education for three decades, but it has rarely included the concept of “intellectual diversity.” If college students rarely see a conservative teacher in the classroom, does that make a difference? Are one-party partisan faculties helping to color the classrooms blue?

Professors Rothman and Lichter will discuss the findings of their recent research documenting the imbalance of college faculties in terms of political affiliations. Dr. Anne Neal will follow with results of a study of college students conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Dr. Roger Bowen will respond.