National Association of Scholars

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National Association of Scholars (NAS)
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President:Peter Wyatt Wood
Chairman:Herbert London
Year created:1987
The National Association of Scholars (NAS) is "a network of scholars and citizens united by our commitment to academic freedom, disinterested scholarship, and excellence in American higher education." The mission statement of the NAS is "to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. The NAS advocates for excellence by encouraging commitment to high intellectual standards, individual merit, institutional integrity, good governance, and sound public policy."[1]


NAS was founded in 1987 by Dr. Stephen Balch and other members. Founding members created the organization to recruit faculty members from across the political spectrum to help defend the core values of liberal education. For several years before the founding of NAS, members met under the name Campus Coalition for Democracy.[2]


Issues and Ideals


The National Association of Scholars is concerned with the following issues of higher education:[3]

  • Academic Content
  • Cost
  • Unfairness
  • Academic Integrity
  • Campus Culture
  • Attitudes
  • Governance
  • Trends


The NAS wishes to promote the following ideals in higher education:[3]

  • Intellectual Standards
  • Individual Merit
  • Institutional Integrity
  • Good Governance
  • Sound Public Policy


According to, NAS has not spent any money lobbying since 2006.[4]

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