California Association of Scholars

The California Association of Scholars is an organization devoted to reform in higher education. An affiliate of the National Association of Scholars, it is composed of professors, graduate students, college administrators and trustees, and independent scholars committed to rational discourse as the foundation of academic life in a free and democratic society. 


The CAS works to strengthen the integrity of scholarship and teaching, persuaded that only through an informed understanding of the Western intellectual heritage and of the realities of the contemporary world can citizen and scholar be equipped to sustain our civilization's achievements. In light of these objectives, we are deeply concerned about perspectives within the academy that reflexively denigrate the values and institutions of our society. Because such tendencies are often dogmatic in character and indifferent to both logic and evidence, they undermine the basis for coherent scholarly dialogue.  We encourage an assertiveness among academics who value reason and an open intellectual life.

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