Fed up with liberal academia, conservatives call for their own safe space

January 9, 2019

Conservative academia is in crisis, and to protect it, a new right-leaning research university must be founded in the United States. This is the argument presented by the American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick M. Hess and Brendan Bell in the latest issue of National Affairs. Noting that there are now relatively few right-leaning academics, the researchers, who both specialize in education policy, say conservatives need “a place where serious scholars can have the space to pursue questions and subjects that don’t fit the progressive orthodoxy.” They lay out extensive plans for how such an institution might operate, down to the number of students (4,200 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate students) and average salaries for various faculty members (ranging from $300,000 for endowed chairs to $120,000 for assistant professors).

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