Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Academic Freedom Report Lists 10 Top Threats to Campus Freedoms

As colleges finish the academic year, a report on academic freedom in America identifies the leading dangers to intellectual freedom on college campuses, with “Patriotic Correctness” leading the list of violations of academic freedom. The “2002-03 Report on Academic Freedom” is the most comprehensive study of academic freedom in America during the past year, and details hundreds of incidents at colleges around the country. The report also includes a list of the top 10 villains and heroes of academic freedom in the past year.

The report, issued on June 10, 2003, can be found at www.collegefreedom.org/03.htm. The www.collegefreedom.org website provides information on the history, law, and current controversies involving academic freedom. A new blog on the website provides regular updates about academic freedom.

John K. Wilson, founder of www.collegefreedom.org and author of this “2002-03 Report on Academic Freedom,” is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University, where he is writing a dissertation on the history of academic freedom. He serves as council member and editor for the newsletter of the Illinois American Association of University Professors (www.ilaaup.org) and is the author of three books, including The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education (Duke University Press, 1995). Wilson also wrote annual reports in 1995 and 2002 on academic freedom, which are available at www.collegefreedom.org.

For more information, contact John K. Wilson at collegefreedom@yahoo.com

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