Ashland University is a mid-sized teaching-oriented university, located halfway between Columbus, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio. Its core value statement "affirms Judeo-Christian values as a core element of the University's institutional identity, emphasizing faith in God, moral integrity, and respect for the value of each person in a community of learning. It also emphasizes character formation, academic freedom and excellence in teaching." Founded in 1878, it is associated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, it offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate majors, as well as a theological seminary.
On the campus is the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, headed by Peter Schramm. Its goal is "renewing the foundations of civic education in America by reinvigorating the serious study of the principles of American liberty and self-government". The Center's blog is No Left Turns, suggesting an ideological bent.
It emphasizes history and politics, giving undergraduates the opportunity to be funded "Ashbrook Scholars participate in private, off-the-record discussions with all of the speakers brought on campus by the Ashbrook Center. Recent speakers include Clarence Thomas, George Will, Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell, Karl Rove, Benjamin Netanyahu, Glenn Beck, and George W. Bush, among many others. They have fourteen to sixteen such meetings each year. The Ashbrook Center also assists the Ashbrook Scholars in finding internships around the world, sends them to conferences, and publishes a journal of their writings on public affairs, Res Publica."
- Institutional Core Values for Ashland University, Ashland University