by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
Heterodox Academy describes itself as:
A politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities.
We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.
To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.
It recently announced the publication of the Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges, which:
Rates America’s top 150 universities (as listed by US News and World Reports) … according to their commitment to viewpoint diversity. Is it a place where you are likely to encounter a variety of views on politically controversial topics? Or do school policies – or the students themselves– impose a rigid political orthodoxy that punishes dissenting opinions and creates a climate in which students are afraid to speak up, even in seminar classes?
If you or your children are applying to college (or if you want to find where your alma mater stands in the rankings), check it out.