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Shoring Up Academic Freedom

Robert M. O’Neil examines actions that might be taken to safeguard academic freedom. Among his more judicious recommendations:

  • Accrediting associations should focus more sharply and critically on violations of academic freedom.
  • Administrators should be more willing to impose sanctions, including dismissal, on faculty members who abuse the special privileges and responsibilities of the professoriate.
  • Renewed faculty commitment to professional ethics and responsibility could help increase public acceptance of the concept of academic freedom.
  • The academic left should be more willing to come together with colleagues on the academic right who share academic-freedom concerns.

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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