There’s a beacon of light in the academic world.
With political indoctrination replacing education on campuses, free-thinking professors resisted by founding the Heterodox Academy.
“We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of ‘viewpoint diversity,’ their site says. “When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.”
They’ve compiled a terrific ranking system for colleges and universities. Schools with high scores are the ones you should apply to if you want to maximize your odds of attending a school that welcomes intellectual diversity and dissent, they say. They tried to put themselves in the position of a high school senior who wants to avoid the “walking on eggshells” culture of fear that many students are now reporting.
University of Chicago is No. 1 among universities not just in Illinois but nationally, scoring 98 out of 100 possible points. It’s the gold standard, actually. Whether a school has adopted the Chicago Principles on free expression is one criterion used in the rankings.
At the other extreme is Northwestern University, ranked second to last nationally and worst in Illinois with a score of just 19. No surprise there. I dumped on Northwestern hard in this earlier article for bending the knee to the orthodoxy of safe spaces, microaggressions and political correctness.
The rankings only cover 150 universities and 50 colleges so only two other Illinois schools are covered. DePaul and the University of Illinois-Champaign ranked in the bottom half with scores of 39 and 35, respectively.
-Mark Glennon is founder and Executive Editor of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.