Friday, December 30, 2016

Marquette Near Bottom in College Ranking on Free Expression

Heterodox Academy describes itself as follows:
We are a politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities.

We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.
“Politically diverse” here doubtless means conservatives, libertarians, and old-style liberals and leftists. Remember, it was once liberals and leftists who espoused free expression and a “free market of ideas.” Those days are over, but some of the old-style liberals and leftists are still around, and a few younger liberals and leftists continue to favor free speech.

The organization rates schools on “viewpoint diversity.” In practice this means that conservative and libertarian ideas can be expressed on campus. The expression of politically correct leftist ideas is never in doubt, at least not among the schools rated (which are the top 150 colleges and universities as ranked by U.S. News and World Report).

Guess where Marquette ends up? That’s right. Near the very bottom. You can search for Marquette here.

Rankings like this are hardly perfect. The people who put it together may not know that Marquette students are, on net, pretty moderate. But on the other hand, they may not know that Marquette has a Bias Incident Reporting System which means that any even mildly politically incorrect statement by a student may result in a meeting with an administrator. Even if the student is not formally punished, the process is the punishment.

Likewise, the people who put together the list apparently don’t know that feminist students on campus were free to vandalize an anti-abortion display, with no apparent disciplinary consequences.

Thus Marquette fully deserves its low ranking. This supposed “Catholic university” is not merely a secular university, it’s a rather intolerant secular university.

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3 Comments:

Blogger tz said...

It would be one thing if as Catholics, their orthodoxy made them appear intolerant but they are intolerant to Catholic orthodoxy.
I'm in Wyoming where they have Wyoming Catholic College which seems much more Catholic and Tolerant.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Crazycons1 said...

Georgetown Notre Dame and Marquette And De Paul have all gone out of their way to become seemingly anti religious bastion of the far left idealogs who now are the decision makers. It is appalling, inexcusable and incomprehensible to normal critical thinking adults. I think the pope is part of the problem with his background growing up in a crony capitalism country which like the city of Chicago is where the extended families and friends of the ruling power get fat while the minions pay the price.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Crazycons1 said...

Georgetown Notre Dame and Marquette And De Paul have all gone out of their way to become seemingly anti religious bastion of the far left idealogs who now are the decision makers. It is appalling, inexcusable and incomprehensible to normal critical thinking adults. I think the pope is part of the problem with his background growing up in a crony capitalism country which like the city of Chicago is where the extended families and friends of the ruling power get fat while the minions pay the price.

9:04 AM  

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