EDITORIAL: Disrupt the left's academic monopoly (something good happening at CU-Boulder)

Colorado Springs Gazette | 2/20/2018 | Staff
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Robert Kaufman

Headlines about liberal bias in higher education read like "The sun rises in the east."

Weekend - Headline - Boulder - Daily - Camera

A weekend headline in the Boulder Daily Camera said "CU Boulder grapples with plummeting support of higher education among conservatives."

The story analyzed a Pew Research study that showed right-of-center support for higher education dropping 18 points in just the past two years, with 58 percent of Republicans saying education has a negative impact on the country. Only 19 percent of Democrats feel the same.

CU - Administration - Study - Findings - Results

"CU administration is well-aware of the study's findings and agrees the results are a troubling sign of the times that shouldn't be ignored," the Camera reports.

Here's the good news. Among public universities, no campus does more than CU-Boulder to combat academic bias and promote an environment safe for the free exchange of ideas.

Regent - Heidi - Gahahl - Regents - Policy

Regent Heidi Gahahl wants fellow regents to join her in creating a policy to clarify free speech rights on all CU campuses, prohibiting censorship of social, political, academic, or artistic speech no matter how offensive anyone deems it.

That would be a great complement to a five-year-old program that is winning hearts and minds among CU-Boulder faculty and students. Other universities throughout the country want to replicate CU's Conservative Thought and Policy Program, a veritable affirmative action plan for conservative scholars the campus launched in 2013 to promote intellectual diversity on campus.

Author - Scholar - Robert - Kaufman - Fifth

Author and scholar Robert Kaufman, the fifth and current visiting scholar, met with The Gazette's editorial board recently to discuss the program.

Kaufman earned his juris doctor from Georgetown, his bachelor's and two masters' degrees from Columbia, and an advanced law degree in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Georgetown - Law - Reagan - Button - Kaufman

"When I was at Georgetown Law in 1980, I had a Reagan button on and they thought I was certifiable," Kaufman said. "The day after Reagan won, there was a...
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