By David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
PHC President, Dr. Graham Walker, addresses the Young America's Foundation at the Reagan Ranch
The 2009-2010 Top Conservative College list named Patrick Henry College among 13 other schools that offer a conservative experience for students. The list also includes: Christendom College, College of the Ozarks, Franciscan University, Grove City College, Harding University, Hillsdale College, The King's College, Liberty University, Regent University, Saint Vincent College, Thomas Aquinas College, Thomas More College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
“We produce our list in response to frequently asked questions received from parents and students looking for an alternative to the politically correct state and private universities that are, today, the norm in our country,” said Roger Custer, YAF’s conference director. “The schools on our list offer a more holistic, true liberal education, allowing students to consider all ideas and decide for themselves what’s true and good, rather that just presenting one side of the story, which is usually a leftist side of the story.”
The YAF list, he said, is intended as an alternative to traditional “best colleges” lists, which often feature schools that “deluge students with a culture of political correctness and subject matters peripheral to the values of our country, such as postmodernism, Marxism, feminism, and all manner of gender studies.” Only colleges that foster an atmosphere “friendly to the conservative lifestyle and ideals” are celebrated on YAF’s list.
Patrick Henry College President Dr. Graham Walker traveled to Santa Barbara’s Reagan Ranch this week to receive the award and to address fellow colleagues and college students at the presentation ceremony.
Dr. Graham Walker (fourth from left) sits with other speakers
Custer cited the many PHC student interns who have worked alongside the YAF in recent years as winsome proof of the College’s conservative credentials, and as an important factor in PHC’s candidacy.
“A number of PHC interns have attended our programs,” he explained. “We’ve been very impressed with those students and, personally, it just gives me hope for our country that such dedicated young people with conservative principles are learning about the founding principles of our country. Everyone at YAF finds it very encouraging.”
Patrick X. Coyle, Vice President of Young America’s Foundation, presents Dr. Graham Walker with a plaque for Patrick Henry College as a "top conservative college"
“These colleges offer an alternative to the liberal status quo,” YAF ‘s website affirms, “because they allow and encourage conservative students to explore conservative ideas and authors. They offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. Furthermore, they avoid trends in academe by continuing to study Western Civilization instead of straying toward the study of Marxism, feminism, sexuality, postmodernism, and other distractions that do not give students a complete understanding of our country, our culture, and its founding principles."
To learn more about Young America’s Foundation, go to the Young America’s Foundation website.