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Tired of the orthodox statist ideology that permeates higher education today?  You aren't alone.  Here's a list of links to other organizations with similar points of view:

Alexander Hamilton Institute (AHI) The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) promotes rigorous scholarship and vigorous debate in the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism.

American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) accredits institutions that meet the academy's stringent standards. Its imprimatur provides clear means for identifying curricula with a well-articulated focus on mathematics, science, literature, and other elements at the core of a liberal education.

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) encourages members of the larger academic community to step forward in defense of the life and liberty of the mind. Founded by Lynne Cheney, ACTA promotes the discussion of issues crucial to our universities and assists alumni in supporting, and trustees in overseeing, balanced and unpoliticized programs that exemplify the highest academic standards.

Association for Art History (AAH)
The Association for Art History (AAH) seeks, through openness and diversity of inquiry, to create a forum for art historians, while insisting on the centrality of the art object itself. It reaffirms the significance of art history as a rigorous humanist discipline that embraces scholarly and critical standards of the highest order.

Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC)
The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) promotes the common study of texts of cultural significance to the West and beyond, and helps initiate core text programs. This association challenges both aimless curricular choice and the current dominance of vocational, professional, and specialized curricula.

Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) The Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) is an interdisciplinary scholarly society dedicated to the revitalization of freedom as a prime topic of academic attention that is too often neglected in today's academy. The association's members are scholars from a wide range of schools and subjects, whose interests and backgrounds include the study of freedom, its pre-conditions, and its institutions.

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. (AAPS)
A Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943.

Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)
The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) welcomes those with a serious interest in literature -- classicists and moderns, independent and academic literary critics, as well as creative writers and editors -- who seek to transcend today's superficial ideologies that dictate who are the correct authors and what they can write.

Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO)
The Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), the only think tank devoted exclusively to the promotion of colorblind equal opportunity and racial harmony, is uniquely positioned to counter the divisive impact of race conscious policies in multicultural education, immigration and assimilation, and racial preferences.

Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE)
CEHE's purpose is to educate the public about the state of higher education in America and help donors promote excellence in higher education through philanthropy.

Center for Individual Rights (CIR)
The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt public interest law firm that advances a broad, civil-libertarian concept of individual rights, representing deserving clients (often pro bono) with particular emphasis on civil rights, the free exercise of religion, and sexual harassment law.

Center of the American Experience
The Center of the American Experience, through its aptly named web site, http://www.IntellectualTakeout.com, provides students with an appealing alternative to the political orthodoxy that has prevailed in academe. As part of this effort, it offers solid subject matter and truly diverse ideas to those who might be called upon to support their choice of a more traditional conception of what a college education entails.

Core Knowledge Foundation
The Core Knowledge Foundation promotes a reform movement that fosters literacy and academic excellence in elementary and middle school. It offers a shared core curriculum that helps children cultivate and build upon knowledge, grade by grade.

Florida Higher Education Accountability Project (FHEAP)
FHEAP focuses on the root causes of the rampant Quality Control problems in higher education in the South and Florida, including the need for accreditation reform, and other institutionally-based structural problems faced in the South.  

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) will defend and sustain individual rights at America's increasingly repressive and partisan universities, bringing public scrutiny to bear on threats to free speech, religious freedom, right of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on those campuses.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. Increasingly national in scope, the Institute creates history-centered schools; organizes seminars and enrichment programs for educators; produces publications and traveling exhibitions; and sponsors lectures by eminent historians. It also publishes a quarterly journal, available at http://www.historynow.org, which offers educational resources for teachers and students.

Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute that seeks to improve the quality of American education at all levels, as part of its general mission to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Historical Society
The Historical Society invites people of every ideological and political tendency to revitalize the teaching and broad dissemination of historical knowledge. It is a place to lay down plausible premises, reason logically, appeal to evidence, and prepare for exchanges with those who hold different views on the context of historical study. It is not the place to formulate or impose political lines and programs.

Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) encourages the free exchange of ideas in pursuit of a better understanding of the foundations of a peaceful, prosperous, and harmonious society. IHS runs a series of programs around the theme of liberty for undergraduate and graduate students, such as seminars, scholarships, essay competitions, and internships.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI)
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) works to nurture in future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty that finds expression in our founding principles as limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise, and Judeo-Christian moral standards.

Minding the Campus
Minding the Campus will provide the best that is said and written about the requisites of genuine liberal education, in order to bridge the divide between the Academy - where intemperate orthodoxies trump open intellectual exchange - and society outside, which is not fully aware of how truth has been compromised within the ivied walls.

Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF)
The Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) is a nonprofit, public interest legal center dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. MSLF's only activity is representing those unable to hire legal counsel to defend constitutional liberties and the rule of law.

National Association of Scholars (NAS)
NAS is an independent membership association of academics working to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. The NAS today is higher education’s most vigilant watchdog, standing for intellectual integrity in the curriculum, in the classroom, and across the campus—and responds when colleges and universities fall short of the mark. It upholds the principle of individual merit and opposes racial, gender, and other group preferences. And regards the Western intellectual heritage as the indispensable foundation of American higher education

National Great Books Curriculum
The National Great Books Curriculum is an academic community dedicated to furthering the study of Great Books in higher education.

Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy brings innovative thinking and critical analysis to such crucial questions about higher education as: "Are the benefits of the steep rise in spending worth the costs?" "Do students, parents, and taxpayers get their money's worth?" and "Has higher education damaged itself by attempting to be all inclusive?"

Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS)
The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS) seeks to maintain standards of individual merit in decisions about students and faculty and opposes such measures as speech codes that may infringe on the rights and responsibilities of the academic community in Canada.

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation promotes reform in elementary/secondary education to effect the following goals: dramatically higher academic standards; an education system designed for and responsive to its consumers; verifiable outcomes and accountability; equality of opportunity; a solid core curriculum; educational diversity, competition, and choice; knowledgeable, capable, and professional teachers; and the dissemination of sound research and candid public information about school performance.
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The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Quote:All too often, universities allow teaching to become shallow and trendy, failing to challenge students intellectually and disparaging traditional principles of justice, ethics, and liberal education. Students know little about the history of their country or the institutions that led to this nation’s prosperity and liberty. Students can get by without taking rigorous courses, and non-academic activities overshadow scholarship. As a result, many college graduates have poor skills in computation, communication, and logical analysis. Faculty are allowed excessive latitude in what they teach and often get away with little teaching at all, because research is emphasized. Taxpayers as well as students and their families pay hefty prices to support a system that often appears to provide little educational value.

To address these and other problems, the Pope Center conducts studies in areas such as governance, curriculum, financing, access, accountability, faculty research, and administrative policies. We explore ways to increase the accountability of trustees, administrators, faculty, and students. And we engage in the broader dialogue about how to improve higher education around the nation.

In these endeavors, we are motivated by the principles that have traditionally guided public policy in the United States: limits on government; freedom to pursue goals through voluntary means, both for-profit and nonprofit; accountability through private property rights; and the belief that competition is an excellent regulating force.


Coming soon...Breitbart's new higher ed site:

Quote:Breitbart’s main site, BigGovernment.com, has had a section dedicated to educational issues, but the blogger announced Aug. 23 in an interview with EAGtv that BigEducation.com would become its own website, “a platform for teachers who are in failing schools who want to change things, or parents or even the students themselves.”

...Breitbart pledged that BigEducation.com would push for the elimination of the U.S. Education Department (ED) and the disassembling of teachers unions that he considers corrupt.
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