Academic freedom

Watching a Watchdog's Words

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Alan Contreras is an increasing rarity these days: a knowledgeable public official who says what he thinks without worrying too much about whom he offends. That trait has him in a scrape over free speech with his superiors in Oregon's state government. And while they backed away Thursday from the action that had most troubled him, Contreras isn't backing down from the fight.

Tolerant Faculty, Intolerant Students

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Seeking to respond to critics of perceived lack of intellectual diversity on campuses, Georgia higher ed system conducts statewide survey and finds the problem isn't professors.

Push to Protect Researchers From Attacks

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California lawmakers move to enact new protections for scientists facing harassment and worse from animal rights extremists.

AAUP Turns to Scholar of Higher Education

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Faculty group turns to professor who studies professors and their working conditions as its next general secretary. Plus a podcast interview with Gary Rhoades.

Is 'Holistic' Admissions a Cover for Helping Black Applicants?

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In 2006, the University of California at Los Angeles faced intense criticism when only 2 percent of the students admitted for the freshman class were black. For a decade at that point, UCLA had been operating under a ban on considering race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, but the numbers for black students had not previously been so low.

Blogger Beware

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Yeshiva U. was proud of its non-traditional recruit to head its honors program -- until debate about the mission emerged and his anonymous blog was discovered.

ROTC Debate Renewed

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Remarks by presidential candidates draw attention to issue at Columbia and elsewhere, but whether anything will change remains to be seen.

2 Wins for Illinois Professors

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University affirms that they can wear buttons and attend rallies, and ends talks that some feared would create the next Hoover Institution.

In Defense of Ayers

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A group of professors sign a petition supporting William Ayers, the former antiwar activist and Illinois-Chicago faculty member who has been thrust into the presidential campaign.

Security Threat or Political Threat?

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U. of Nebraska blocks visit by William Ayers, a professor McCain campaign can't stop talking about. University cites safety, but some are dubious and see threat to academic freedom.


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