ERIC Number: EJ1093433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-8
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The Conundrums of the University's Ideological Battlegrounds
Nelson, Stephen J.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Feb 2016
The lively experiment that "is" the college and university in America is characterized by sustained struggles and tempered triumphs that have both undergirded and challenged the fundamental foundation of the academy. Large questions shape the framework of the academy in America. These include: ideological and political correctness, the degree to which there should be restrictions and if so what kind on speech and behavior, curricular debates and the expression and treatment of political views, whether exercised by presidents in the bully pulpit, by faculty and students, or by those given the platform to speak on campus. Political correctness critics on the Right believe that there exists a lock exerted by the Left in all aspects of campus and student life, and a dangerous domination of the Left's political agenda in both administrative and faculty appointments and ranks. These critics are certain that colleges and universities are shot through with litmus tests, and are bound and determined unalterably to stamp their political leanings and convictions not only within campuses, but infiltrating society and the nation as well. Over the past four decades, a number of critical issues and events have shaped the college and university. The author discusses what the college and university has come to today.
Descriptors: Colleges, Higher Education, Ideology, Freedom of Speech, Academic Freedom, Political Issues, Political Affiliation, Politics of Education, Educational History, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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