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Monday, January 23, 2006

L.A. Times: Is America's Ivory Tower Leaning Left?

Interesting post by Steve Bainbridge (UCLA), Disparate Impact in Academic Hiring, on the Sunday L.A. Times editorial page treatment of the question:  Is America's Ivory Tower Leaning Left?, prompted by the actions of UCLAProfs.com, a web site started by an alumni group to "expose UCLA’s most radical professors" (blogged here on Thursday).  Here are some interesting statistics from the L.A. Times:

Political Affiliation of Professors

1984

1999

Left/Liberal

39%

72%

Right/Conservative

34%

15%

Political Affiliation of Students

1984

1999

Left/Liberal

22%

30%

Right/Conservative

21%

24%

For other L.A. Times op-eds, see:

Update:  Steve Bainbridge has a follow-up post, Does the Academy Police Itself?

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2006/01/la_times_is_ame.html

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