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ERIC Number: EJ876859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 9
Strengthening Academic Freedom by Nurturing Academic Responsibility
Downey, John A.
Inquiry, v10 n1 p64-69 Spr 2005
When the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) decided to remove the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) from its list of censured colleges, an opportunity was created for VCCS colleges to examine anew the status of academic freedom. The 1972 decision to abolish tenure within the VCCS had been viewed by some faculty as a direct and visible attack on the cause of academic freedom, even years after the decision was entrenched in policy. However, other VCCS faculty had perceived the abolition of tenure with less rancor and even indifference, while VCCS administrators considered the ultimate impact of the AAUP censure to be slight. This historical skirmish on tenure masks a more fundamental failure of both administrative and teaching faculty within the VCCS to perceive how academic freedom is so intimately related to academic responsibility in higher education. In this article, the author reflects on the controversial issue of academic freedom and its tenuous position in today's community college classroom.
Descriptors: Tenure, Academic Freedom, Community Colleges, Politics of Education, College Administration, Educational Responsibility, Accreditation (Institutions), Professional Autonomy, Intellectual Freedom
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia