One bright spot in the otherwise dismal picture of recent higher education news involves the emergence of independent academic centers. They present information about topics such as history, economics, and politics in a traditionally objective way.

Jay Schalin, director of policy analysis at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, explored the growth of these centers in a recent report tited Renewal in the University. He shared themes from that report during a presentation for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

In the video clip below, Schalin offers reasons for these centers’ success.

2:30 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 39:36 event.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.