National Scholars' Group Turns 25, Showing Its Age

National Association of Scholars, at 25, Shows Signs of Age 2

Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, in Manhattan, where the group moved its headquarters in an effort to reinvigorate itself and be closer to media outlets and major donors.

In a quarter century spent fighting change it regards as harmful to higher education, the National Association of Scholars has learned just what a mighty foe change can be.

The group, whose 25th-anniversary conference will be held in New York this weekend, has struggled to keep up with technology and has been hurt by economic downturns. Its membership has dwindled to about 3,000, down by one-third from its height in the late 1990s. It has given up on trying to maintain the health of