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Saturday, September 30, 2017

What's the alumnus to do when his alma mater goes off the rails, academically and politically?

Michael Rubin has some sage advice, with respect to Yale, in AEI Ideas:

So, as Yale President Peter Salovey and leaders of other universities put their hands out for cash, what should alumni upset with the descent of beloved universities into a political swamp do? If balance is the goal, they might give money instead to institutions that encourage ideological diversity on campus.  
The Buckley Program provides some balance at Yale University, and the Alexander Hamilton Society brings mainstream policy practitioners and right-of-center academics to university campuses to debate university professors on issues of the day. Stanford’s Hoover Institution probably contributes more to public policy debate than the rest of Stanford combined. Or, those wishing to support universities’ core missions can donate instead to institutions such as the University of Chicago, whose president has stood firm against the social and political trends buffeting so many other elite campuses. There are also worthy nonprofits, such as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which stand firm on free speech and academic freedom irrespective of politics. Indeed, in many ways, FIRE has been truer to its objective mission than even the American Civil Liberties Union in recent years. 
Simply put, it’s time for alumni to recognize their annual checks, capital campaign commitments, and end-of-life behests do more harm than good and are killing the educational institutions which they hold so dear or to which they might feel obliged to give back.