Academic freedom

A Pentagon Olive Branch to Academe

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Defense secretary discusses plans for new university consortia and grants -- largely in social sciences -- for non-classified research, and pledges no political restrictions.

The Pope's Positive Message

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In advance of the pope's visit to the United States, many speculated on what he would have to say to Catholic college presidents, with some wondering (aloud, in the news media) whether he would issue a stern, doctrinal rebuke about maintaining Catholic character.

Reflections on a Papal Visit

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Pope Benedict stressed the complexities of Catholic college identity. At Loyola College in Maryland, educators and students think about his words and travels.

Voltaire Wasn't Cut Out to Be an Iowa State TA

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At the best of all possible universities, teaching assistants feel appreciated by their superiors and cherish all of their students, and everyone works in harmony. Not, apparently, at Iowa State University.

A Professor Sues His Students

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Does this litigation protect faculty members from unfair accusations -- or potentially threaten academic freedom?

Academic Freedom Violations Found at Hunter

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Report says that unusual arrangement in which corporate interests sponsored a course put professor in untenable position and compromised curricular standards.

Students Fail -- and Professor Loses Job

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Steven Aird gave out a lot of D's and F's at Norfolk State University. Tomorrow, he will be unemployed.

Treatment of Adjunct Faulted at U. of New Haven

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AAUP finds that university unfairly dismissed instructor as she was on the verge of obtaining job security.

Honorary Degrees, Free Speech and Respect

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When a university awards a doctorate to a controversial figure, is the institution endorsing the free exchange of ideas or endorsing the person? Can colleges avoid the whole idea?

Loyalty Oath Compromise

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After 2 cases in which instructors lost jobs for refusing to sign, Cal State agrees to permit explanatory statements that will allow those with some religious beliefs to comply with state requirement.

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