Renewal in the University

A major change is occurring on university campuses across the country: the creation of privately funded centers and institutes that preserve and promote the traditional knowledge and perspectives that were once at the heart of the university.

The surge of such centers, which emphasize undergraduate education, began with the formation of the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

Jay Schalin’s report discusses whether these programs are political entities or reflective of objective scholarship; who supports them and who controls their activities; and what their emergence means for academia.