California Association of Scholars

About Us

The California Association of Scholars seeks to:


  * affirm the centrality of academic freedom to the integrity of university life and

     strengthen the right to teach and learn in an environment free of politicization

     and coercion;

  * nourish the free exchange of ideas and the virtues of tolerance as essential to the

     pursuit of truth and the maintenance of civility;

  * build and sustain an academic leadership dedicated to the idea of reasoned and

     responsible scholarship;

  * maintain intellectual standards in research and teaching, and resist quotas and other

     numerically based formulas as divisive and inequitable strategies for faculty

     recruitment and student admissions;



 Issues That Concern Us:


  * Politicization of scholarship and teaching, and the substitution of social reform for

     the pursuit of knowledge;

  * Dogmatic hostility to Western civilization, and reflexive use of non-Western 

     cultures as a means of denouncing American society;

  * Inappropriate use of sexual, racial, and other nonscholarly criteria in selecting

     works to be studied, and the associated denigration of great literary and artistic


  * Absence of core curricula or other requirements ensuring a well-rounded

     education, and their replacement by unscholarly curricular innovations that lack

     substance and intellectual depth;

  * Use of sexual, racial, or other criteria unrelated to merit in hiring, in promotion,

     and in student recruitment, and the resulting campus polarization;

  * Use of noncurricular resources such as orientations and residential life programs to

     impose political and ideological conformity on student life;

  * Unfair treatment of teachers and students suspected of holding "politically

     incorrect" views, and its obverse, the frequent placation of activists by

     administrators who refuse to enforce campus regulations;

  * The impact of lowered academic standards in colleges and universities on

     education at lower levels, and the resulting inadequate preparation of high school

     graduates for  college work.