Academic freedom

Academic freedom

Students holding a homemade protest sign, printed on a sheet, that says "Protect DEI! Increase Black enrollment! Defy DeSantis!"
Mar 31, 2023
Inside Higher Ed asked 40 public college presidents in Florida to weigh in on state higher education reforms. None were willing to speak, even when offered anonymity.


June 3, 2022
The illogic, false equivalencies, dishonesty, and rhetorical slights of hand of HxA.
May 24, 2022
Two white Africanists publish an article on centering the scholar’s personal experience to help “decolonize” African studies. A call for retraction follows.
May 24, 2022
University fires Joshua Katz for misconduct and seems to refute the now-former professor’s prior statements that he’s being punished for his political views.
May 16, 2022
Soka University of America could fire an LGBTQ writing professor over exposing students to “deviant pornography.” The professor and their supporters say Soka’s crossing a dangerous line.
May 16, 2022
A plan to restructure Texas A&M’s 10 libraries would force librarians to relinquish tenure or move to another academic department to keep it. The university has yet to explain its rationale for the changes.
May 9, 2022
University of Florida seemingly endorses state’s new anti-CRT law and warns professors that violating the law risks state funding. Some $106 million could be on the line.
May 6, 2022
In their new book, Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth argue that the First Amendment is not crucial to academic freedom. Instead, they call on faculty to develop the rules.
May 5, 2022
A new law will task state regents with overseeing free speech polices and censorship complaints at Oklahoma’s public universities. Opponents say it’s unneeded and unfairly maligns state institutions.
May 5, 2022
Faculty members and students rallied around a professor at California State U, Los Angeles, after police physically removed her from a mayoral debate on campus. More such confrontations are expected on campuses in the current political climate.
May 2, 2022
Serious changes to faculty speech and tenure rights went under the radar in Mississippi until they were passed. Now that the secret’s out, faculty advocates are pushing back—including by raising concerns about constitutionality.


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