Showing posts with label Academic Freedom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Academic Freedom. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

AAUP Report of a Special Committee: Political Interference and Academic Freedom in Florida’s Public Higher Education System

What we are witnessing in Florida is an intellectual reign of terror. There is a tremendous sense of dread right now, not just among faculty; it’s tangible among students and staff as well. People are intellectually and physically scared. We are being named an enemy of the State. The events at Jacksonville too, feel real, and people feel it could happen to them. 

—LeRoy Pernell, professor of law, Florida A&M (interview with the special committee)



Report of a Special Committee: Political Interference and Academic Freedom in Florida’s Public Higher Education System

   



     

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

UI shared governance, and policies and procedures that protect it, are essential to academic freedom

 Academic freedom is the pillar of a free society. When it is compromised, public trust in scientific knowledge is eroded; biased teaching invades classrooms; and knowledge is politicized. The first line of protection for academic freedom is policy provisions against undue interference in the work of those involved in research and teaching. For these reasons, the university community at large must actively engage in the process of developing and revising policy documents to promote the principles of shared governance.

The University of Iowa establishes rules in its Policy Manual (PM). The UI requires each college to write their own manuals of policy and procedures, but the college’s manuals may not contradict the PM. Similarly, each college requires units within it to produce their own policy documents... DI editorial.


The original (longer) version of "Shared governance—and the policy and procedure that protects it—are essential to academic freedom


   

As Harvard’s Governing Boards Meet, More than 700 Faculty Urge Against Gay’s Removal, Citing University Independence

The letter dated, December 10, 2023 and addressed to the President and Fellows of Harvard College said:

We, the undersigned faculty, urge you in the strongest possible terms to defend the independence of the university and to resist political pressures that are at odds with Harvard’s commitment to academic freedom, including calls for the removal of President Claudine Gay. The critical work of defending a culture of free inquiry in our diverse community cannot proceed if we let its shape be dictated by outside forces.

As of December 10, 2023, at 4:46 p.m., the letter was signed by 726 Harvard faculty members.

 https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2023/12/11/faculty-oppose-removal/

Monday, December 11, 2023

As Harvard President Faces Pressure to Resign, Some Faculty Show Support

As Harvard President Faces Pressure to Resign, Some Faculty Show Support


https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/10/us/harvard-president-claudine-gay.html

Sunday, July 30, 2023

‘I’m not wanted’: Florida universities hit by brain drain as academics flee

Monday, June 21, 2021

UNC Journalism School Tried To Give Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure. A Top Donor Objected

 On paper, The New York Times's Nikole Hannah-Jones is a dream hire for the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She won a MacArthur "genius grant" for her reporting on the persistence of segregation in American life. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay accompanying "The 1619 Project," a New York Times Magazine initiative she conceived on the legacy of slavery in the U.S. And Hannah-Jones earned a master's degree from the school itself, in 2003.

Yet the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees declined to act upon her proposed appointment. That tenure proposal ran aground on race, politics, and, perhaps surprisingly, on a clash between diverging views of journalism.

The opposing view has been embodied by Walter Hussman, the 1968 UNC journalism graduate whose name has graced the school since he made a $25 million pledge. Longtime publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Hussman has shared his opposition to Hannah-Jones' appointment with the journalism school dean, several university administrators, and, reportedly, two members of the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees.


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