A Detailed Examination Of The University System Of Georgia

This has been sitting on my mail stack for over a month, but the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has assembled a detailed report which takes a close look at the University System of Georgia, focusing on four key areas of the public’s interest. They are: what students are learning (the curriculum), whether the marketplace of ideas is vibrant (intellectual diversity), how the universities are run (governance), and what a college education costs (affordability). Guess what got an “F”? Yup: intellectual diversity.

Full Report | Executive Summary


  1. rptrcub says:

    Considering the source (from mediatransparency.org):

    [From The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations, a report by NCRP]

    In 1998 the National Alumni Forum changed its name to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni – from the ACTA web site

    Established by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) in 1994, the National Alumni Forum’s mission is to “organize alumni support for academic freedom and challenge practices and policies that threaten intellectual freedom and undermine academic standards.” Alumni giving — at $2.9 billion annually and growing — is the largest private source of financial support for higher education. The Forum will help alumni direct their giving to programs that will raise educational standers at their alma maters.” The Bradley and Olin foundations provided the seed money to get the NAF up and running.

    Directed by Lynne Cheney, who served as the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities (following William Bennett) between 1986 and 1993, the NAF recently (1997) launched a national advertising campaign to “outline troubles in higher education” and to give visibility to its newly created vehicle for alumni giving, the Fund for Academic Renewal. The campaign is placing one-third page advertisements in the Ivy League alumni magazines encouraging alumni to contact the NAF and to use the NAF’s Fund for Academic Renewal to help them target their gifts rather than allowing their alma maters to spend money without “donor input.”

    So a University System that allows Bob Barr to teach classes isn’t intellectually diverse?

  2. Rogue109 says:

    So a University System that allows Bob Barr to teach classes isn’t intellectually diverse?

    Wow, one guy! That settles it, then (grin).

    Oh, well.

  3. ChuckEaton says:

    I wonder if every major university receives an “F”. It would be interesting to see a ranking of the University of Georgia compared to other universities.

    Do they place UGA on the same intellectual diversity level as a Columbia or UC Berkeley?

  4. Burdell says:

    “Students report that major Georgia universities do not provide an intellectual atmosphere conducive to a robust exchange of ideas.”

    I would like to know how many students were contacted. The “findings” of that section read almost verbatim from the ADF lawsuit and spoken remarks by several litigious students from a House Higher Ed Committee meeting.

    During my time at three different Georgia Universities, I frequently experienced what I would call a “robust exchange of ideas.” This was facilitated, not stymied, by professors who disagreed with me.

    This report reads like they interviewed the three students in the state stupid enough to think that disagreement equals censorship. I’d name names but they might sue me as well.

  5. BubbaRich says:

    I suspect they’re whining about “intellectual diversity” in some specific stupid ideas, maybe the school needs to teach dowsing or intelligent design or some other crap of their choice.

  6. reedja says:

    All I can say is it’s Georgia. Does diversity exist anywhere in this idiotic state!!

  7. BubbaRich says:

    Well, we mostly speak Spanish along Buford Hwy. In addition to that, Doraville has a lot of Korean and Vietnamese businesses. I’d say that counts as a start, and it’s waaay too diverse for many native Georgians.

    The group that wrote this press release is a fairly politically conservative group that puts out lots of press releases on important issues like colleges banning military recruiters, too many math professors being too liberal for them, etc. One thing that stands out on their website is a big push for an affirmative action policy to force hiring conservatives. They don’t seem to have a report about the huge success of the one they wrote for South Dakota a couple of years ago, or maybe I missed it.

  8. Goldwater Conservative says:

    You know, if “conservatives” would earn PhDs from credible institutions…then they may get hired at a top tier university.

    It is hard to stay “conservative” when you study anything at the doctoral level though. You have to open your mind up to investigate all avenues that act as variables in the conclusions of your respected science or art.

  9. Bill Simon says:

    Variables? We don’t need no stinkin’ variables.

    We like things fixed and rigid. That’s the conservative way of doing things! 🙂

  10. Game Fan says:

    I’m baaack (tehe). The only thing better than diversity and multiple disciplines (read: a bunch of rabbit holes which ain’t connected) would be an “un-disciplined” approach to education. They could start with some books by the Founding fathers. And instead of studying the -isms, teach ’em what the guy said before his views were squeezed into someone else’s departments.

  11. BubbaRich says:

    Recent brain research seems to be showing that this difference you both identify is a fundamental difference between people currently labeled “conservative” and “liberal.” I need to look those papers up before I say something wrong, but I vaguely recall that conservatives were happier with a narrowed range of choices in a selection activity. I suspect in this paradigm that similarly identified liberals would have answered “E” to “Name a number between 1 and a million.”

  12. Bill Simon says:

    “…conservatives were happier with a narrowed range of choices in a selection activity”

    Unless we’re talking about a gaggle of drunk women…

  13. Game Fan says:

    While conservatives are trapped in their “disciplines” the liberals are running amuck with their buddies in big government. And they’re getting too many sexy women. This is wrong.

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