Survey Studies College and University Student Affairs Officers’ Perceptions

Inside Higher Ed released findings from a recent survey of higher education institutions to better understand the perceptions and practices of university student affairs officers on key issues including student mental health, race relations and diversity on campus, hunger and homelessness on campus, free speech, sexual assault, Greek life, and athletics.

How to Handle Free Speech Issues on Campus

Title: Campus Free Speech Guide Source: PEN America Author: PEN America PEN America has published their Campus Free Speech Guide, a digital resource designed to help postsecondary institutions handle free speech issues on campuses. The guide includes case studies on a variety of speech-related topics, from how to create a healthy campus climate for free… Read more »

Knight Foundation and College Pulse Release Report on Free Expression on College Campuses

A new report by College Pulse, with support from the Knight Foundation, examines student attitudes on freedom of expression and inclusion on college campuses, building upon the findings from an earlier study released in 2018.

The Practices of Freedom: Freedom of Speech, Academic Freedom, and Shared Governance

In the wake of President Trump’s recent executive order on campus free speech, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia gives a timely review of higher education’s commitment to the First Amendment and the mutually inclusive nature of free expression and inclusion.

PEN America Releases Report on Campus Free Speech

Informed largely by four convenings held at campuses that have experienced incidents related to free speech, a recent report released by PEN America discusses challenges that institutions have when confronted with divisive or harmful speech.

Defining and Practicing Deep Civility on College Campuses

Dialogue around the future of open expression on campuses requires us to think beyond surface expressions of civility. The University of Missouri’s Ashley Woodson looks at the idea of deep civility, which demands radically empathetic regard for others in shared spaces.

Crisis Planning: How to Prepare for Free Speech Conflicts on Campus

Traevena Byrd, vice president and general counsel at American University (DC), discusses the legal obligations college and university leaders need to consider when controversial speakers come to campus—and the importance of working with your office of legal counsel.

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.