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ERIC Number: ED544341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation and Academic Freedom. An American Association of University Professors--Council for Higher Education Accreditation Advisory Statement
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
This joint American Association of University Professors-Council for Higher Education advisory statement addresses the role that accreditation plays in sustaining and enhancing academic freedom in the context of review of institutions and programs for quality. It offers five suggestions about the role of accreditation with regard to academic freedom. These are: (1) emphasize the principle of academic freedom in the context of accreditation review, stressing its fundamental meaning and essential value; (2) affirm the role that accreditation plays in the protection and advancement of academic freedom; (3) review current accreditation standards, policies and procedures with regard to academic freedom and assure that institutions and programs accord with high expectations in this vital area; (4) at accreditation meetings and workshops, focus on challenges to academic freedom, with particular attention to the current climate and its effect on faculty, institutions, and programs; and (5) explore developing partnerships among accreditors to concentrate additional attention on academic freedom and further secure the commitment of the entire accreditation community.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Higher Education Accreditation; American Association of University Professors