MISSION STATEMENT OF THE "CONSERVATIVE UNIVERSITY"
mission of the "Conservative University" is to train the
next generation of conservative leaders nationally by providing
them, in a systematic, easily available and focused manner, the
intellectual tools necessary to become successful political and
civic leaders. It is a mission that must be advanced or the movement
will die. There are many things taught to conservatives but the
specific mission here is to provide a fundamental core curriculum
and set of ideas that can provide a lifetime guide to political
and social decision-making.
The idea is to present a short conservative
curriculum of a few key books and courses that are attractive and
substantive enough to be a guide for practical civic leadership.
The on-line university would feature a basic conservative philosophy
course, a for-credit Western tradition and philosophy course, other
conservative courses, an on line philosophy/policy discussion board,
conservative classics and essential essays, conservative policy
commentary, a history of conservatism and a conservative book store.
It would link with existing conservative youth organizations and
think tanks to target college students and interns interested in
An arrangement was made with Bellevue
University of Nebraska to develop and offer a for-credit Western
civilization and American values course through its campus and on-line
programs as an additional element of a full conservative curriculum.
That 3-credit course may be accessed directly from the site to registration
at Bellevue University. A book of classical Western readings also
is available and represents both an academically respectable work
and, more importantly, an invaluable aid to students in comprehending
the values and institutions of their civilization.
Utilizing an on-line conservative classroom
provides the needed integrated course of studies necessary in a
nationwide-indeed, worldwide-program available instantly to students.
Only this approach provides a means for hundreds of young civic
leaders per year to master a conservative philosophy that they can
apply to political and social issues throughout their lifetimes,
creating a cadre that promotes American values and institutions
for decades to come
Students may choose their own pace and
how much to take on at any particular time. It can range from a
12-week for-credit course to a simple reading of Ronald Reagan's
short summary of the whole doctrine. There are short courses, links
to lectures in your home geographical area, a discussion chat room,
and even a full on-line university classroom. There are also links
to several different conservative bookstores.
The "Conservative University"
is online 24 hours a day so that you can learn as little or as
much about modern conservatism as you wish. Welcome and enjoy.
Dr. Donald J. Devine