So UATX happened.
Dear God I wish stuff would stop happening.
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Pano Kanelos at Bari Weiss’s Substack We Can’t Wait For Universities to Fix Themselves. So We’re Starting a New One
- The numbers tell the story as well as any anecdote you’ve read in the headlines or heard within your own circles. Nearly a quarter of American academics in the social sciences or humanities endorse ousting a colleague for having a wrong opinion about hot-button issues such as immigration or gender differences. Over a third of conservative academics and PhD students say they had been threatened with disciplinary action for their views. Four out of five American PhD students are willing to discriminate against right-leaning scholars, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology.
- The picture among undergraduates is even bleaker. In Heterodox Academy’s 2020 Campus Expression Survey, 62% of sampled college students agreed that the climate on their campus prevented students from saying things they believe. Nearly 70% of students favor reporting professors if the professor says something students find offensive, according to a Challey Institute for Global Innovation survey. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reports at least 491 disinvitation campaigns since 2000. Roughly half were successful.
Under “Our principles”
- Universities devoted to the unfettered pursuit of truth are the cornerstone of a free and ﬂourishing democratic society.
- For universities to serve their purpose, they must be fully committed to freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience, and civil discourse.
- In order to maintain these principles, UATX will be ﬁercely independent—ﬁnancially, intellectually, and politically.
Under “What Makes UATX Different”
- A COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM OF INQUIRY
We’re reclaiming a place in higher education for freedom of inquiry and civil discourse. Our students and faculty will confront the most vexing questions of human life and civil society. We will create a community of conversation grounded in intellectual humility that respects the dignity of each individual and cultivates a passion for truth.
- A NEW FINANCIAL MODEL
We’re completely rethinking how a university operates by developing a novel financial model. We will lower tuition by avoiding costly administrative excess and overreach. We will focus our resources intensively on academics, rather than amenities. We will align institutional incentives with student outcomes.
- AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM
Our curriculum is being designed in partnership not only with the world’s great thinkers but also with its great doers—visionaries who have founded bold ventures, artists and writers of the highest order, pioneers in tech, and the leading lights in engineering and the natural sciences.…