Michael Toscano, the primary researcher of the Klingenstein-funded study on Bowoin's intellectual diversity, will be on campus until Monday, speaking to professors and students at the College in an effort to answer the essential question of the survey: what does Bowdoin teach?
The study was launched by the National Association of Scholars in September at the behest of Thomas Klingenstein, who criticized Bowdoin last year for its lack of intellectual diversity. Klingenstein had a bone to pick with President Barry Mills last year when he claimed that Mills misquoted him in his 2010 Convocation address.
Toscano declined to say which professors and students he had met. He does not plan on auditing any classes, saying he has a busy schedule and was hesitant to impose during class time.
Toscano says that he believes the interviews he has conducted with students and faculty will eventually "come to fruition." He is hopeful that the study will provide another "vantage point" and an opportunity for the College to ascertain its core values.
According to Toscano, only some of the professors he has contacted have agreed to meet.
Several professors have expressed skepticism about the study, claiming that there is inherent bias in a study that has been instigated for personal reasons. At the time the Orient went to print, no faculty members were willing to comment on the record.
The study is not endorsed by the college and President Mills has declined to comment on it.