John Leo, a distinguished journalist who for 17 years published a syndicated column “On Society” for US News & World Report, has developed Minding the Campus into one of the most accessed websites on educational issues in the country.  A division of the Manhattan Institute, Minding the Campus “is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pluralism and the best traditions of liberal education at America’s universities.”

Mr. Leo solicited from Robert Paquette, co-founder of the AHI, an op-ed on the state of the the liberal arts. In “What Is It about the Liberal Arts,”Professor Paquette, a nominee by President Bush for a seat on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, addresses the impact  of the open curriculum and of diversity pressures on liberal arts education.