Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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The professoriate

These two papers, summarized here and here, offer a picture of the professoriate and of public impressions of the professoriate.

Both are intended to increase the public comfort level with professors and to indentify and counter "conservative" pictures of a godless and biased academy.

I can’t say that I’m terribly surprised by the findings on religion (which show, among other things, that faculty at elite institutions are significantly less likely to be religious than those elsewhere), and I haven’t had a chance to look too closely at the other paper. (It does note, chillingly but not surprisingly, that a very small proportion of the population thinks of universities as mechanisms for transmitting a cultural tradition: most people view higher education in largely instrumental terms, with a significant minority adopting an apparently content-free "critical thinking" view.)

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