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Hegeman, Susan; Ortiz, Paul – Thought & Action, 2018
In the fall of 2017, the University of Florida (UF) and the city of Gainesville were part of a coda to a terrible event in recent U.S. history: the violent torch-wielding rally of white supremacists and extreme far-right groups in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and at least 33 injured. These events…
Descriptors: Unions, Antisocial Behavior, Labor Relations, Universities
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Messier, John – Thought & Action, 2017
Collective bargaining and faculty governance are sometimes perceived to be in conflict. Faculty members will debate about whether a specific issue--for example, program consolidations or early college/dual enrollment (where high school students earn college credits taking high school classes taught by high school teachers)--falls under governance…
Descriptors: Governance, Academic Freedom, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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Ben-Porath, Sigal R. – Thought & Action, 2017
Academic freedom gives professors broad discretion over expressions and interactions in the classroom. Free speech guidelines and First Amendment protections permit students to speak their minds too, but they offer very limited guidance as to how classrooms should operate. While professors should obviously work within free speech parameters in the…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Teacher Role, Ethics
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Travis, Jon E. – Thought & Action, 2012
When these inequities began to change in the 20th century, due in part to the sweeping court-ordered integration following Brown v. Board of Education and the simultaneous expansion of public colleges and universities, all citizens began to gain access to educational achievement and, as a result, true access to the American power structure. The…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Governance
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Auxter, Thomas – Thought & Action, 2010
Since the time of the Reagan revolution in the nation's politics--a transformation dedicated to privatizing everything someone could make a profit on--higher education has undergone its own radical transformation. In higher education, within three decades of the Reagan presidency, a corporate model of organization and operation, set up to maximize…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Political Attitudes, Accountability
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Schrecker, Ellen – Thought & Action, 2010
The enormous changes that took place on American campuses during the 1960s not only opened those campuses to new constituencies and new ideas, but also created a powerful conservative movement that sought to reverse those changes. Along with the rising cost of higher education, the right's campaign against the academic reforms of the sixties has…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Political Attitudes, Public Support
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Hubbell, Larry – Thought & Action, 2010
Despite trends toward greater corporatism and bureaucratization of the academy, some vestiges of shared governance remain, including some level of faculty decision-making in faculty senates or councils. Generalizations about faculty senates are difficult to make because they vary with regard to their level of power and faculty involvement.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Governance, College Governing Councils, Administrator Role
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Emery, Kim – Thought & Action, 2009
Traditionally, academic freedom has been understood as an individual right and a negative liberty. As William Tierney and Vincente Lechuga explain, "Academic freedom, although an institutional concept, was vested in the individual professor." The touchstone document on academic freedom, the American Association of University Professor's (AAUP)…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Institutional Autonomy, Government School Relationship
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Maitland, Christine – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author reviews the history of the National Education Association (NEA), which celebrated its 150th year in 2007. Over that time, NEA has been a driving force in education at all levels. The story of NEA is about the building of a unique American school system and the articulation of three levels of education into a unified…
Descriptors: National Organizations, United States History, Educational History, Higher Education
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Pak, Michael S. – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author reports that within the few decades following the creation of the National Education Association (NEA), a new expression came into use in the English language: "academic freedom." It was in this period that the modern research university first made its appearance in the United States. Before the last third of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Research Universities, College Faculty, Teacher Researchers
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Urban, Wayne – Thought & Action, 2007
In 1957, the year the National Education Association (NEA) celebrated its 100th anniversary, the Educational Policies Commission (EPC)--a prestigious group co-sponsored by NEA and the American Association of School Administrators--published a document titled "Higher Education in a Decade of Decision." NEA intended the report to address…
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Educational History
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Vaughn, William – Thought & Action, 2006
With more than 14 years of preparation, the author thought he knew how to write a syllabus--until he moved to Missouri. Having spent the previous nine years next door in Illinois, first as a graduate student and then as an adjunct (both at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), the author never noticed that his neighbors in the Show Me…
Descriptors: Ideology, Course Descriptions, Educational Policy, State Policy
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Perelman, Michael – Thought & Action, 2005
What is the role of higher education when a nation moves toward a political climate in which the government has a free hand to do whatever it wants in the name of national security? If society faces a real threat that could destroy life as we know it, then we should all--including higher education--rise to its defense. However, if national…
Descriptors: Higher Education, National Security, Role of Education, Politics of Education
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Schrecker, Ellen – Thought & Action, 2005
Ellen Schrecker is professor of history at Yeshiva University. Recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on McCarthyism, she has published many books and articles on the subject. Here she writes that while it would be difficult to deny that America's colleges and universities are under siege at the moment, it is hard to tell whether they…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Foreign Policy, Freedom of Speech, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Wilson, John K. – Thought & Action, 2005
College campuses around the country reacted to the September 11, 2001, terrorist acts with rallies, vigils, discussions, and a wide range of debates about the causes and cures for terrorism. Yet the story told about academia in the media was often quite different. Conservatives claimed that the reaction to 9/11 in academia was another example of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Terrorism
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