The Politically Correct University Problems, Scope, and Reforms

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-16
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Political correctness if one of the primary enemies of freedom of thought in higher education today, undermining our ability to acquire, transmit, and process knowledge. Political correctness limits the variation of ideas by an ideologically driven concern for hue rather than view. This volume is not simply another rant; there are good data here, along with well-crafted, hard-to-ignore logical interpretations and arguments. It is the sort of work that those who adhere to idea-limiting notions of the university will try to trivialize. That alone should make it important reading. --Michael Schwartz, president emeritus, Kent State University and Cleveland State University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Diagnosing the Problemp. 1
The PC Academy Debate: Questions Not Askedp. 3
Notesp. 13
By the Numbers: The Ideological Profile of Professorsp. 15
Voter Registration Studiesp. 16
Democrat versus Republican by Self-Reportingp. 18
"Liberal versus Conservative"p. 22
Surveys of Political Views: Laissez-Faire versus Interventionp. 27
Conclusionp. 32
Notesp. 34
Left Pipeline: Why Conservatives Don't Get Doctoratesp. 38
Overall College Experiencep. 40
Academic Performancep. 40
Faculty Mentoringp. 42
Money, Creativity, and Family Valuesp. 45
Conclusionp. 52
Notesp. 55
The Vanishing Conservative-Is There A Glass Ceiling?p. 60
North American Academic Study Survey (NAASS)p. 61
Politics and Professional Statusp. 69
Summary and Conclusionp. 74
Notesp. 76
"Diversity" in Higher Educationp. 77
Groupthink in Academia: Majoritarian Departmental Politics and the Professional Pyramidp. 79
Adapting Groupthink to the Academic Settingp. 81
Departmental Majoritarianismp. 83
The Professional Pyramidp. 86
Academic Groupthinkp. 91
Some Examplesp. 93
Conclusionp. 95
Notesp. 97
The Psychology of Political Correctness in Higher Educationp. 99
"Diversity" in Today's Academyp. 100
The Rationale for Diversityp. 102
The Personal Identity Assumptionp. 102
The Discrimination Assumptionp. 103
The Educational Benefits Assumptionp. 104
The Importance of Sociopolitical Diversityp. 105
The PC University's Assumptions about Psychological Harmp. 106
Evidence of Harmp. 108
Problems with Self-Reports of Harmp. 109
Other Psychological Needs Served by PCp. 111
PC "Helps" Some by Hurting Othersp. 113
Notesp. 116
College Conformity 101: Where the Diversity of Ideas Meets the Idea of Diversityp. 121
Notesp. 133
The American University: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrowp. 138
Notesp. 154
Different Disciplines, Same Problemp. 157
When is Diversity Not Diversity: A Brief History of the English Departmentp. 159
Notesp. 171
Linguistics from the Left: The Truth about Black English That the Academy Doesn't Want You to Knowp. 175
Notesp. 190
History Upside Downp. 192
Notesp. 207
Why Political Science is Left but Not Quite PC: Causes of Disunion and Diversityp. 209
Perceptionsp. 211
Realities: History and Datap. 213
Sources of Diversityp. 217
Conclusion: Reforming Political Sciencep. 221
Notesp. 223
Needed Reformsp. 225
The Route to Academic Pluralismp. 227
Governance in the Humanities and Social Sciences: The Need for Countervailing Powerp. 228
Strategies for Unseating PCp. 233
Notesp. 240
The Role of Alumni and Trusteesp. 241
Why Should Alumni and Trustees Help?p. 243
Alumni as Donorsp. 246
Alumni as Trusteesp. 247
Trustees as Reformersp. 251
Conclusionp. 253
Notesp. 254
Openness, Transparency, and Acountability: Fostering Public Trust in Higher Educationp. 260
Fiscal Management in Higher Educationp. 261
Imbalance of Political Views in Higher Educationp. 265
Tenure-Related Processesp. 270
Student Achievementp. 273
Conclusionp. 282
Notesp. 283
To Reform the Politically Correct University, Reform the Liberal Artsp. 287
Notesp. 297
Indexp. 299
About the Authorsp. 317
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