Study: UC Leftism Not Right

Campuses a 'sanctuary for narrow ideology,' says conservative group
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2012 1:30 AM CDT
Study: UC Leftism Not Right
Occupy Cal protesters gather late last year at Sproul Plaza for a general assembly to discuss their plan for the night as a part of the campus-wide strike to shut down UC Berkeley.   (Getty Images)

Leftist faculty and "politically correct" thinking at University of California campuses are giving students a dangerously unbalanced education, according to a study by an organization of conservative educators. Humanities departments in particular have been hijacked by a leftist agenda that merely teaches about minorities grievances, according to the report, "Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California," by the National Association of Scholars. Campuses have "become a sanctuary for a narrow ideological segment of the spectrum of political and social ideas," according to the report. UC officials, not surprisingly, disagree.

"UC's scholarly success nationally and internationally would not be possible if our faculty were doctrinaire and not subject to having their work forged in the marketplace of ideas," a UC Provost tells the Los Angeles Times. The study examined graduation requirements, class lists, and reading material, and interviewed students and faculty. A UC Berkeley math and economics professor said the report is "short of facts, but long on innuendo and anecdotes." (More California stories.)

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