ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

How Many Ward Churchills?

May 2006 by ACTA

Ever since tenured ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill called victims of 9/11 "little Eichmanns," he has become the veritable poster boy for extremism in American academe. In this report, ACTA places Churchill in context and finds—based on a broad survey of publicly available materials—that Ward Churchill is not only not alone; he is quite common. The study concludes that throughout American higher education, professors are using their classrooms to push political agendas in the name of teaching students to think critically. The study offers concrete steps colleges and universities can take to ensure a balance between students' academic freedom to learn and professors' academic freedom to teach, research, and publish.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

Ward Churchill was not always a household name. But ever since his inflammatory remarks calling victims of 9/11 “little Eichmanns,” he has become the veritable poster boy for extremists in American academe. The controversy surrounding ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill now focuses on whether the University of Colorado will find him guilty of professional misconduct. But the case of Ward Churchill raises questions with far greater ramifications. Is there really only one Ward Churchill? Or are there many? Continue Reading>>

Press

University of Colorado Board of Regents Fires Ward Churchill, Who Vows to Sue

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 25, 2007 by John Gravois |

Nearly six years after Ward Churchill compared some American victims of terrorism to Nazi bureaucrats, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado voted Tuesday night to fire him. But the controversial… Continue Reading >>

The Impact of Academic Bias

Reason Magazine
March 8, 2007 by Cathy Young |

The debate over bias in the academy usually follows a predictable pattern. Conservatives tout a survey or study that says American college campuses are teeming with pinkos. Liberals assail the report… Continue Reading >>

Seebach: Churchill not alone among profs with an ax to grind

Rocky Mountain News
May 20, 2006 by Linda Seebach |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has released a study of college and university courses that are aimed more at indoctrination than instruction, at least as judged by their course descriptions… Continue Reading >>