On page 43 of the August/September issue of Reason magazine, readers will find a reminder of the coming school year: a reproduction of FIRE's 2009 U.S. News & World Report advertisement calling out the schools on FIRE's Red Alert list. Currently the "worst of the worst" schools are Brandeis University, Bucknell University, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, and Tufts University. (Bucknell, the most recent addition to the list, was not named in the U.S. News ad last year, but has been put in its rightful place here.)
Torch readers will remember the ad's arresting image of Todd Tucker's book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan bound in chains, an homage to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' shameful punishment of student Keith John Sampson for simply reading Tucker's book.
In September, FIRE will unveil its newest full-page ad when U.S. News publishes its 2010 college rankings issue. Until then, I encourage readers to pick up Reason's August/September issue to get a preview of things to come.