Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Intercollegiate Studies Institute logo 2021.svg
Formation22 June 1953
TypeNonprofit educational organization
HeadquartersWilmington, Delaware
John A. Burtka IV
Board Chairman
Thomas Lynch

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes conservative thought on college campuses.[1][2]

It was founded in 1953 by Frank Chodorov with William F. Buckley Jr. as its first president.[3] It sponsors lectures and debates on college campuses, publishes books and journals, provides funding and editorial assistance to a network of conservative and libertarian college newspapers, and finances graduate fellowships.[4]


In 1953, Frank Chodorov founded ISI as the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists, with a young Yale University graduate William F. Buckley Jr. as president.[5][6] E. Victor Milione, ISI's next and longest-serving president, established publications, a membership network, a lecture and conference program, and a graduate fellowship program.

ISI has been teaching various forms of intellectual conservatism on college campuses ever since.[7]

Past ISI president and former Reagan administration official T. Kenneth Cribb led the institute from 1989 until 2011,[8] when Christopher G. Long took over. Cribb is credited with expanding ISI's revenue from one million dollars that year to $13,636,005 in 2005.[citation needed] John A. Burtka IV became president of ISI in September 2020.[9]

ISI lists its core beliefs as limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, free-market economics, and traditional Judeo-Christian values.[3]

Programs and activities

ISI runs a number of programs on college campuses, including student societies and student papers. It publishes a series of "Student's Guide to..." books, such as A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning.[10][third-party source needed] It hosts conferences and other events featuring conservative speakers and academics, and provides funding for students to attend. In this funding capacity ISI is affiliated with the Liberty Fund.[citation needed]

ISI administers the Collegiate Network, which provides editorial and financial outreach to conservative and libertarian student journalists.[11]


Periodicals issued by ISI include:

  • The Intercollegiate Review (ISSN 0020-5249)[12]
  • The Academic Reviewer (ISSN 0567-6487)[13]
  • The Political Science Reviewer (ISSN 0091-3715)[14]

In the fall of 2006, ISI published the findings of its survey of the teaching of America's history and institutions in higher education. The Institute reported, as the title suggests, that there is a "coming crisis in citizenship."[15][16][verification needed]

ISI Books

Intercollegiate Studies Institute operates ISI Books, which publishes books on conservative issues and distributes a number of books from other publishers.[17] Its focus is largely on the humanities and the foundations of Western culture, and perceived challenges from left-wing progressivism.[citation needed] In the summer of 2005, ISI Books published It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum. The book premiered at #13 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Passages from it generated controversy during Santorum's 2006 reelection campaign and his 2012 presidential campaign.[18]

See also

  • Conservatism portal


  1. ^ Honan, William H. (September 6, 1998). "A Right-Wing Slant on Choosing the Right College". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Clymer, Adam (November 9, 2014). "Philip M. Crane, Former Illinois Congressman and Conservative Leader, Dies at 84". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "About ISI". Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
  4. ^ Wood, Kate; Binder, Amy (2013). Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives. Princeton University Press. pp. 104–111. ISBN 978-0691145372. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  5. ^ Nash, George (2014). The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. Open Road Media. ISBN 9781497636408.
  6. ^ Gillian Peele, 'American Conservatism in Historical Perspective', in Crisis of Conservatism? The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, & American Politics After Bush, Gillian Peele, Joel D. Aberbach (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, p. 29
  7. ^ New York Times, ARMIES OF THE RIGHT; The Young Hipublicans
  8. ^ "T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr". Young America's Foundation. Retrieved 2020-08-28.
  9. ^ "Johnny Burtka Appointed as New President of ISI". ISI. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  10. ^ Student's Guide to the major disciplines Archived 2012-08-25 at the Wayback Machine Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
  11. ^ Beer, Jeremy; Jeffrey, Nelson; Frohnen, Bruce (May 20, 2014). American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. Open Road Media. ISBN 978-1497651579. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  12. ^ Kirk, Russell (1 June 1968). "Magazines". Library Journal. Vol. 93, no. 11. p. 2221.
  13. ^ Troy, Tim (October 1977). "Review Sources". Serials Review. 3 (4): 32–33. doi:10.1080/00987913.1977.10763030.
  14. ^ Pilachowshi, David (July 1976). "Book Reviewing Tools". Serials Review. 2 (3): 86. doi:10.1080/00987913.1976.10762983.
  15. ^ "Most College Graduates Flunk 'Civic Literacy,' Group Says". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  16. ^ "College Makes Students More Liberal, but Not Smarter About Civics". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  17. ^ "ISI Books". Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  18. ^ Falcone, Michael (March 17, 2012). "Rick Santorum Was Warned That 2005 Book Could Become Fodder For Political Attacks". ABC News.

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