Friday, 27 October 2006

University faculties not all that diverse - survey

Author Stephen Hicks, himself a professor at Rockford College Illinois, has found "a fascinating recent survey of [American] university faculty political beliefs." Here's some 'highlights' from the summary:
  • "Faculty at colleges and universities of all kinds in America are overwhelmingly liberal in their political ideology, creating a strong campus political culture. Categorized according to both self-identification and voting patterns, faculty are heavily weighted towards the Left."
  • "The majority of faculty are liberal and Democratic, and thereforethe full spectrum of beliefs and political behavior of the American public is underrepresented on campus."
  • Faculty hold a certain number of beliefs that are pervasive, but not monolithic. They include:
    • Criticism of many American foreign and domestic policies.
    • Propensity to blame America for world problems.
    • A tendency to strongly support international institutions such as the United Nations.
    • Strong opposition to American unilateralism.
    • Criticism of big business.
    • Skepticism about capitalism’s ability to help address poverty in developing nations.
  • "Recruitment, hiring, and tenure review processes have either failed to adequately prevent this political imbalance within disciplines or have actively perpetuated and deepened political unity."
  • "Social science and humanities faculty are the most liberal and Democratic, and least diverse in their political culture. Fully 54% of the social science and humanities faculty identify as Democratic and 60% as liberal, and only 11% as Republican and 12% as conservative, a 5-to-1 ratio. [Which begs the question of what the remaining 17-23% see themselves as?] Of social science faculty who voted in 2004, they were more than four times as likely to have chosen Kerry (81%) over Bush (18%) while humanities faculty were more than five times as likely (81% for Kerry, 15% for Bush)."
  • "Business faculty are the most diverse in their political beliefs and behavior. Still, only 30% of business faculty de-fine themselves as Republicans and 35% as conservatives..."
  • "Significant percentages of faculty acknowledge that not only students but also other faculty may feel restricted in their expression..."
LINK: A Profile of American College Faculty. Volume I: Political Beliefs & Behavior - Institute for Jewish & Community Research

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3 Comments:

Blogger Berend de Boer said...

You know, the only thing more scary than liberal socialist Democrats at Universities would be right-wing religious extremist GOP voting Christians in their position.

27 Oct 2006, 14:54:00  
Anonymous george said...

Be interesting to see the data on how many of these academics have seen time in the armed services. Sweet f a is my guess.

Perfumed princes protected by rough, simple men.

Safe, secure, self important and irrelevant.

28 Oct 2006, 00:15:00  
Blogger Paula said...

I agree with Mr. de Boer. What was funny at my college was the way a lot of us would exchange glances and smirk as the philosophy prof. went on about how he should get paid as much as a brain surgeon cuz he was taking care of our brains bla bla. We knew we'd have to get jobs in the real world. Most of us anyway.

28 Oct 2006, 06:37:00  

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