Since the 1960s, Americans’ political tilt, as a whole, hasn’t changed that much. But, at colleges and universities, things have changed a lot: Professors have moved far to the left, becoming even more liberal than their students.
, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, calls the lack of ideological diversity in academia a disaster for higher education. And, he says schools must demand a better balance, or risk making certain students feel left out.
- About 60 to 65 percent of professors are far left, compared to only 10 to 15 percent of the American public, according to Abrams.
- The trend of professors leaning left holds true in large public universities, private colleges and even religious schools (though not as intense), says Abrams.
- And while Abrams notes that it is certainly , it’s not the case that schools in the South or West have an abundance of conservative faculty: “They’re all left-leaning.”
- WGBH’s On Campus highlights .
- Boston Magazine examines .
- New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about .
In an earlier version of this blog post, we wrote that only 10 to 15 percent of the American public leans left, according to Abrams. He actually said 10 to 15 percent of Americans see themselves as belonging to the far left.