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ERIC Number: ED026961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-9
Pages: 12
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Responsibility and Academic Freedom.
Howe, Harold, II
Negative attitudes concerning university involvement in activities considered as controversial are hampering the effectiveness of and endangering the university's administration of its internal affairs. Governors, state legislators, local politicians, alumni, and parents form some of the groups that provide financial support, often influence university decisions, and sometimes threaten to withdraw support when an institution attempts to move away from the traditional. Although there is an effective working relationship between the federal government and the academic community, federally-funded university research that does not blend in with institutional goals, and federal approaches to campus disorders that differ from those of the university also represent intrusions into university freedom. As components of groups who influence the direction of higher learning, alumni should protect and defend the right of their universities to questions, analyze, and make constructive judgments on internal matters. Faculty and students should be free to investigate and discuss pertinent issues, and faculty should maintain the right to teach and conduct research on what they consider to be important. Continued infringements upon university functions would eventually suffocate academic freedom and deprive the university of its basic responsibility of training tomorrow's leaders and contributing to the future of higher education and society. (WM)
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Note: Speech delivered at Commencement Exercises, Adelphi University Garden City, Long Island, New York, June 9, 1968.