Phi Beta Cons

Tenure-Granting by Stealth

Columbia University professor Joseph Massad’s execrable scholarly record and bullying of students whose opinions differ from his own have long been a matter of record.

Yet the campus’s president and board of trustees, prostrating themselves and their hoary institution before anti-Israel ideology and campus politics, recently tenured him. Not only that, writes Jacob Gershman in the New York Post, they took “extraordinary measures” — a tangled series of secretive steps — to tamp down public knowledge and outrage about their decision. Especially, it would seem, they wished to keep Jewish alumni and donors in the dark.

Note to Pres. Lee Bollinger and Columbia trustees: If you are determined to betray academic standards this badly, you should have the backbone to do it openly.

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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