Practicing Vigorous Civility

We are facing a crisis of speech in the United States, a turmoil over how to speak to each other across lines of difference. And nowhere is this strain more sharply felt than at colleges and universities, writes Frederick Lawrence.

The Paradox of Free Speech in America Today

Sanford J. Ungar, president emeritus of Goucher College, former host of All Things Considered on NPR, and director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University describes the difficulty Americans and higher education institutions face today in figuring out what free speech means and how to implement it with reasonable, common-sense standards.

Infographic: College Presidents on Free Speech and Campus Inclusion

College leaders face the pressing challenge of managing the tensions between campus inclusion and freedom of expression. Download and share this infographic based on ACE’s recent survey of nearly 500 college and university presidents on their viewpoints on and experiences with these tensions.

Free Speech and Campus Inclusion: A Survey of College Presidents

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy fielded its second national Pulse Point survey of college and university presidents in February to better understand their viewpoints on and experiences with free speech and campus inclusion.

For College Students and Presidents Alike, Free Speech Is a Balancing Act

In February of this year, ACE fielded a national survey of college and university presidents to better understand their thoughts and experiences with the pressing issues of free speech and campus inclusion. Comparing our findings with Knight and Gallup’s 2017 survey of college students on the First Amendment, it may be that campus leaders and their students are more aligned on these issues than we believe or the media often depicts.

Knight Foundation Blog Series Addresses Campus Free Speech

The Knight Foundation has leveraged its space on the website Medium to promote a series of invited blog posts around the topic of free speech on campus, including posts written by undergraduate student body presidents, professors, and current and former university presidents.

Free Expression on Campus: Presidents Respond to 2018 Knight-Gallup Survey of College Students

The Knight Foundation has released an updated version of its survey on how college students see the First Amendment—and what they think about the relationship between inclusion and free expression. Seven college presidents and chancellors respond to the results.

Video: Free Speech on Campus—What Students Think and How We Respond

Panelists at the closing plenary of ACE2018 unpacked the findings of a new report on student beliefs and attitudes on the First Amendment and discussed what they mean for campuses.

ACE2018: Harmonizing Interests in Campus Inclusion and Free Expression—Perspectives and Policy Recommendations

Understanding the complexities of free speech and expression on college campuses requires multi-faceted and targeted strategies. These strategies include universities correctly interpreting the law, institutional leadership managing expectations from varying stakeholders, and dealing with crises preemptively as they arise on campus.

New Project at Georgetown to Track Free Speech Incidents Across Country

A new project housed at Georgetown University studies the condition of free speech in the United States today. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and led by Sanford Ungar, veteran journalist and former president of Goucher College, the Free Speech Project will document and analyze incidents in higher education and civil society that challenge free speech.

Freedom of Speech on Campus: Guidelines for Governing Boards and Institutional Leaders

First amendment rights regarding freedom of speech on college campuses nationwide has sparked significant debate and media coverage in recent months. In response, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges developed a set of guidelines intended to provide clarity on the role of institutions in upholding such freedoms.

Diversity Is Not Enough. Inclusion Is the Key.

Inclusion, simply stated, is about a sense of belonging that one or a group of individuals feels when able to participate in the majority culture on campus as valued members. This was the focus of the ACE/NADOHE Joint Session at ACE2017 entitled “Campus Leaders Creating Healthy Campus Climates.” How do we create environments where all students, faculty, and administrators feel welcomed and included at our institutions?