Defining Academic Freedom

From Cary Nelson, AAUP President:

Over the course of decades, a great many books, essays, and policies have been written and published about academic freedom. We have learned how to apply it to pedagogical, technological, cultural, and political realities that did not exist when the concept was first defined. Not only faculty members, administrators, trustees, and students, but also parents, politicians, and other members of the public, would now benefit from a concise summary of its major features. Sometimes academic freedom is invoked in situations where it doesn’t actually apply. But many within and without higher education are not well-versed in all the protections it does provide. Here is a link to a statement in Inside Higher Education designed to help clarify both what academic freedom does and doesn’t do.

What academic freedom is and isn’t.

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