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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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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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Pogorelskin, Alexis – Thought & Action, 2005
Alexis Pogorelskin, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and chair of the History Department, recounts her experience in 2004 after making a controversial comment in her History of the Holocaust and 20th Century Russia class. Her comment was in reference to President Bush making no mention in the 2000 campaign about the…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Political Attitudes, Political Influences
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Boyle, Kevin – Thought & Action, 2002
Responds to the tragedy of September 11 by asserting that the academy must do what it has always done: educate students, generate knowledge, and provide services to campuses and society; its commitment to academic freedom, intellectual honesty, and tolerance is also as important as ever. (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Environment, College Role, Higher Education
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Gozemba, Patricia; de los Reyes, Eileen – Thought & Action, 1996
The progressive gains of college faculty since the 1960s (affirmative action, ethnic studies, expansion of access to higher education, emergence of faculty unions) are threatened by social and political shifts toward conservatism. Senior, tenured faculty are challenged to use their privileged positions and the gains made in recent decades to…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Age Differences, Aging in Academia, Change Strategies
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Connolly, John M. – Thought & Action, 2000
This essay examines the origins of academic freedom in the nation's higher education institutions and explores the current debate about academic freedom. It suggests that postmodernist thinking that questions the existence of any truth may be a threat to the academic freedom valued by the professoriate, who are described as a "quarrel of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Educational History, Higher Education
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Lippman, Matthew; Judd, Dennis R. – Thought & Action, 1986
Restrictions on intellectual freedom have existed in American colleges and universities from their founding in the mid-seventeenth century through the rise of the corporate and government dominated institutions of today, and intellectual repression is a principal factor in low faculty morale in the 1980s. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Environment, Educational History, Equal Education
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Noble, David – Thought & Action, 2000
Asserts that in the wake of increasing corporate influence from the outside and corresponding pressure for corporate support from within, universities are allowing academic freedom to be diminished. Discusses how this threat to academic freedom has taken at least three forms: suppression, erosion, and corruption. Describes the historical and…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Environment, Corporate Support, Educational Trends
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Goldman, Samuel – Thought & Action, 2000
Asserts that faculty must become engaged in helping the university meet the challenges of the 21st century without losing the university's historic purpose and perspective to an ever-growing corporate mentality. Proposes four guidelines to addressing the problem, covering corporatization, academic freedom, students' role, and knowledge production.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, College Role, Educational Change
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Nordin, Virginia Davis – Thought and Action, 1989
"Gay Rights Coalition v. Georgetown University," with its emphasis on social scientific evidence, may be precedent-setting. The case involves not only a university, a religion, and a religious doctrine, but also a protected class that is just emerging as an object of public policy. (MLW)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Catholic Schools, Church Related Colleges, Court Litigation