“New data from the Buckley Institute show that the faculty imbalance at Yale is as bad as ever.”
This is typical at many colleges and universities. The political breakdown looks nothing like real life.
From Real Clear Education:
Yale’s Ideological Echo Chamber
Conversations about fixing America’s college campuses often go nowhere. Conservatives split between giving up on the university and wanting to tear the ivory towers down altogether. Progressives divide between seeing speaker shout-downs as going a step too far and believing that the campus is where needed radical change begins, in any form that it comes.
Despairing of the dramatic political imbalance in the faculty room, even conservatives aren’t sure how to make diverse voices more welcome, while some progressives don’t want conservative voices on campus in the first place, let alone leading a classroom. Others understand that perhaps the shout-downs can be traced to the liberal echo chamber on campus, the “mutual massage between liberal students and professors,” as former Yale College Dean Donald Kagan once put it.
On campuses across the country, there is much division, it seems, about division itself. Yale is no stranger to this problem, but in New Haven at least, we may be making some progress.
New data from the Buckley Institute show that the faculty imbalance at Yale is as bad as ever. After examining some of the most relevant departments, including political science and history, and the law school, we found that 83% of Yale faculty are Democrats. They either registered to vote as Democrats or donate exclusively or almost exclusively to Democratic candidates. By contrast, only 3.5% registered as or donated to Republicans. Just 13% had registered as unaffiliated.
This breakdown is entirely out of proportion to the rest of the country. According to the most recent Gallup figures, not only is the Democrat-Republican divide nowhere near as stark, but Republicans actually edge out Democrats, 30% to 27%. In contrast to Yale’s paltry 13% who identify as independent, 41% of Americans see themselves that way.
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