Report: Liberal bias at Howard, AU, U-Md., GWU, Va.Tech
A conservative grass-roots organization that is profiling the politics of the nation's top 100 universities announced Tuesday that Howard University and its faculty are guilty of liberal political bias.
CampusReform.org has taken the concept of liberal academia a step further, compiling in-depth profiles of every university ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report. Howard is a new addition to the list.
According to CampusReform research, liberal student groups at Howard outnumber conservative groups five to one. Howard has chosen Democratic politicians as graduation speakers three times since 2005: Congressmen Harold Ford, Jr. and Elijah Cummings and former representative Kweisi Mfume.
Howard faculty gave 95 percent of their political donations ($100 million) to Democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential election, and 5 percent ($6 million) to Republicans.
"America's colleges and universities are dominated by liberals, and Howard University is no different," said Morton Blackwell, founder of the Web site, in a statement. "Too often, the campus left uses its power to indoctrinate the next generation."
Here is an excerpt from Howard's profile on the site:
"The campus atmosphere at Howard University is traditionally unfriendly to and unsupportive of conservatives. In 1989, for example, Lee Atwater, then chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), was appointed to the Board of Trustees. But Howard students resisted: they protested and then occupied the school's main administrative building. After a four-day standoff, Atwater resigned.
"Today Howard University has only one right-leaning organization, the College Republicans, and no campus groups for conservatives. In contrast, it offers five center-left political groups, including the College Democrats of America, Howard's Educational Revolution, Howard University Amnesty International, a campus NAACP chapter, National of Islam Student Association, and National Council of Negro Women."
Other local institutions don't fare much better.
American University: "traditionally unfriendly to and unsupportive of conservatives."
Virginia Tech: "82 percent of . . .faculty and staff donated to Democratic candidates in the 2008 election -- an astounding sign of political conformity on campus."
The current list of schools begins at the 100th-ranked school and ends at the 51st, which suggests that Georgetown, U-Va. and the College of William and Mary will get due consideration in coming months.
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Daniel de Vise
August 10, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
Categories: Administration , Pedagogy , Rankings , Students | Tags: CampusReform, liberal bias AU, liberal bias GWU, liberal bias at Howard, liberal bias at colleges, liberal bias in academia
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