The left’s takeover of the college campuses in America is very nearly complete, as a recent study shows that for every one conservative voice among professors, there are fully 12 from the liberal side.
It’s not as if the politically aware didn’t already know the majority of professors on college campuses were lefties. But this study not only confirms that suspicion – it puts a number to it.
Moreover, the authors of the study found that the gap between conservative and liberal professors is only getting wider. The brainwash of college kids is only getting worse.
The study was published in Econ Journal Watch and, after looking at 40 universities and 7,243 professors, found 3,623 of them were Democrats and only 314 Republicans.
That’s a ratio of 11 1/2 to 1.
The Washington Times has more on the story:
“The study comes after a tumultuous few years at American colleges and universities, marked by campus race protests, the disinvitation of conservative speakers and the popularization of phrases such as ‘trigger warning’ and ‘safe space.’
“Out of five departments analyzed by the authors, the field friendliest to conservative scholars is economics, where there are only 4.5 liberal professors for every conservative.
“Conversely, history is by far the least conservative-friendly department, where liberals outnumber conservatives by a 33 1/2-to-1 ratio.”
In 1968, by comparison, history departments in colleges across America touted a Democrat-versus-Republican ratio of 2.7 to 1.
So why the rapid increase in Democrats on campus?
From the Washington Times:
“The authors of the analysis — Brooklyn College business professor Mitchell Langbert, private sector economist Anthony J. Quain and George Mason University economist Daniel B. Klein — speculate that the rapidly growing disparity is due in part to the rise of academic subcategories, such as the histories of gender, race and class, where a liberal orientation is the foundation for subsequent research.
“Kim R. Holmes, a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said the ascendance of multiculturalism in the humanities makes it difficult for conservatives to find work teaching.
“‘If you’re going to have a Gender Studies Department, or something like that, the progressive assumptions are built into the very idea of the department, so you’re not going to hire any conservative professors,’ said Mr. Holmes, who is the author of “The Closing of the Liberal Mind.” ‘Because of this, the imbalance has proliferated.’”
And don’t think an Ivy League school is an escape hatch to the blatant liberalism.
The study found, bluntly: The more prestigious the school, the larger the liberal presence.
Once more, from the Washington Times:
“Pennsylvania State University, for instance, has a comparatively balanced faculty ratio of 6 to 1, while Ohio State University enjoys even closer ideological parity at 3.2 to 1. But a pair of Ivy League universities, Columbia and Princeton, both weigh in at 30 to 1.
“The university with the most even ratio examined in the report is Pepperdine University, which has a reputation for being a conservative school but still has 1.2 Democrats for every Republican on the faculty.”
As loud as the numbers talk, not all agree with their significance.
David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Collegs and Universities, for example, dismissed the findings outright as no big deal.
The Washington Times reported:
“‘Well, I don’t know that there’s a whole lot of news here,’ Mr. Warren said. ‘Since the ’60s, and especially given political circumstances — the war, Watergate and Nixon’s circumstances — it’s pretty evident that college faculty and students became more Democratic.’
“While he said he would prefer more intellectually diverse faculties at the schools examined in the report, Mr. Warren said they do not represent the higher education landscape as a whole. He said small, faith-based colleges are just as likely to create campus echo chambers as their Ivy League counterparts.
“‘Both sides of the political spectrum have created departments that are hostile and antithetical to the other political view.’ Mr. Warren said. ‘I think it’s often missed that that happens at a number of campuses that are not listed here, which, by the way, is where the vast majority of students are. The students listed in this group are probably less than 5 percent of all the students in the country.”