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U.S. Colleges and Foreign Money


The National Association of Scholars has a brand-spanking-new homepage that’s well worth a look. For example, check out their preview articles from the forthcoming issue of Academic Questions on the military and liberal education. (Mark Moyar’s got a piece confronting academic historians of the war in Vietnam.) See also the important series, “How Many Delawares?” which exposes the extent to which the egregious dorm-based indoctrination schemes like the one uncovered last year at the University of Delaware are pervasive in academia. In this series, check out the breakthrough investigative report on the ideological impact of affirmative action at the University of Michigan. (This report is by Tom Wood, who co-authored California’s successful anti-preference initiative, Prop. 209.)

But my favorite item on the newly souped-up NAS website is “Fortunes from Foreigners,” the NAS’s new “Foreign Gift Transparency Initiatives.” With this web-page, the NAS has created a clearing house for information on the extent to which American colleges and universities are complying with foreign gift disclosure requirements. Last week, in Following the Foreign Money, I published a list of all large foreign gift reports and noted that the list might well be incomplete. Some schools may not be reporting foreign gifts at all. Others may have reported some but not others. As bloggers, student newspapers, and others investigate the extent of university compliance with the law on foreign gift reporting, you might want to send in relevant links to the NAS e-mail address given at the “Fortunes from Foreigners” site.

By the way, if you want to help reform our “politically correct” college campuses, you might think of joining the NAS. You don’t have to be a college faculty member to join. If you’re currently a grad student or an independent scholar, as well as a faculty member, administrator, or trustee, you can sign up here. The NAS doesn’t yet have a category for membership from the general public, but I do hope they establish one. The public at large is the greatest resource in the fight against campus PC. The NAS ought to tap it.

Last point: Notice the note “Is it Dangerous to join?” at the membership page. Sad to say, at the current moment in American academia, this note is necessary.