ON-Lion Letter
According to new research on the ideological profile of university faculties in America released in mid-November, conservatives and libertarians are outnumbered by liberals and progressives by roughly two to one in economics, more than five to one in disciplines such as political science, and more than 20 to one in fields like sociology and anthropology.

The research was released as part of a series of papers commissioned by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) in Washington, D.C., for a day-long conference on "Reforming the Politically Correct University."  It was prepared by professors Daniel Klein of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and Charlotta Stern of Stockholm University in Sweden.

Klein's and Stern's findings are based on surveys -- accumulated since the 1960s -- of the ideology, policy views, and voting behavior of faculty, as well as on all reliable voter-registration studies of university professors.

They also found that socially conservative professors must publish more than their liberal peers to get the same jobs and that conservative students are dissuaded from pursuing Ph.D.s due to fewer research offers from their professors.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports AEI and several other organizations that were represented at the conference, including the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in Washington, D.C., the Center for the American University at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City, and the National Association of Scholars in Princeton, N.J.,

The conference studies are available online.  They will all be part of a forthcoming AEI book, Reforming the Politically Correct University.
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