Why is Ralston necessary?
Ralston College is committed to an educational vision that enables students to lead lives of self-knowledge, freedom, and substance. The most distinguished colleges and universities in the world have historically been likewise committed, and there are still today some teachers, students, and institutes who continue to honor this vision.
And yet, higher education is in dire straits. Between rampant politicization, oppressive speech codes, ruinously high costs, bloated administration, and the infantilization of student life, the corruptions are widespread and profound. The worldview that is now dominant in most institutions of higher education not only neglects the riches, achievements, and lessons of the past; it is actively antagonistic to the intellectual, religious, and economic liberty that sustains a common human culture. By subordinating education to identity politics and other narrow ideological ends, colleges and universities are broadly failing at their essential task.
But there are too many stakeholders in the status quo to make any radical reform of current institutions an achievable goal. What is needed is a disruptive new model: a superior alternative to the coercive homogeneity of the present. Once established, this new institution will exert competitive influence in the market, triggering broader reform.
Ralston College will produce graduates of the highest caliber: who are free from rigid ideological orthodoxies, who can help to regenerate all sectors of our society — politics, education, the economy, the arts, philanthropy, media, and the academy — and who will work to preserve the best of our past while thoughtfully tackling the many complex problems we face today and will face in the future.
Higher education, more than any other field or industry, shapes the character and trajectory of our culture. Only education of a certain kind will disrupt this failing industry — and inspire young people to realize the highest and best human possibilities on which a flourishing culture depends.