ERIC Number: ED313725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-19
Academic Freedom and the Management of Higher Education: An Administrative Perspective.
Gouran, Dennis S.
Academic freedom may be defined as the right to do that which a faculty member finds appropriate to scholarly inquiry and instruction, so long as it is not legally proscribed, does not constitute an explicit violation of institutional policy or a prior agreement to perform designated responsibilities and observe specified standards of conduct, and can be defended as having demonstrable educational significance. Academic freedom represents an important social and educational value. Despite the fact that it poses certain difficulties for those holding administrative positions, it is an aspect of educational life that is worthy of preservation. The price of academic freedom is contending with the threats to its existence (mainly but not exclusively from external sources) and the consequences of its exercise (especially in such areas as reasonableness of instructors' standards, grading practices, and relevance of course content and scholarship). In light of all that the presence of academic freedom has contributed to the good of education, that price is very small indeed. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (75th, San Francisco, CA, November 18-21, 1989).