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ERIC Number: EJ943174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Keeping the Honor in Honorary Degrees
O'Neil, Robert M.
Trusteeship, v19 n4 p19-23 Jul-Aug 2011
Most American colleges and universities honor alumni, donors, and others through not only degrees, but also named buildings, chairs, and other forms of recognition. Recent controversies, however, suggest that boards should think twice before bestowing such honors. Trustees should establish transparent and consistent standards for the process by which an honorary degree is conferred. The author contends that academic freedom and free expression should heavily influence decisions concerning honorary degrees, and that the governing boards should adopt and implement guiding principles that reflect abiding values such as academic freedom and due process. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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