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ERIC Number: ED535445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Isn't, and How to Tell the Difference
Downs, Donald A.
John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1)
Although the term academic freedom is tossed about almost with abandon, many people do not know exactly what it means. This paper defines academic freedom, explains to whom it applies, and places it in its historical, institutional, and legal contexts. This paper also offers guidelines for deciding when and where the protection of academic freedom should apply. (Contains 51 endnotes.)
John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. 353 East Six Forks Road Suite 150, Raleigh, NC 27609. Tel: 919-828-1400; Fax: 919-828-7455; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment; Pickering v Board of Education