Friday, December 07, 2007

CU regents okay statement on 'intellectual diversity'

According to the Silver & Gold Record, the University of Colorado has adopted the American Council on Education's "Statement on Academic Rights and Responsibilities," which says revolutionary stuff like:
"Colleges and universities should welcome intellectual pluralism and the free exchange of ideas. Such a commitment will inevitably encourage debate over complex and difficult issues about which individuals will disagree. Such discussions should be held in an environment characterized by openness, tolerance and civility."
"Academic decisions, including grades, should be based solely on considerations that are intellectually relevant to the subject matter under consideration. Neither students nor faculty should be disadvantaged or evaluated on the basis of their political opinions. Any member of the campus community who believes he or she has been treated unfairly on academic matters must have access to a clear institutional process by which his or her grievance can be addressed."
Unsurprisingly, "Some faculty leaders questioned not the language in the statement, but the possibility that external political forces were driving the effort," the S & G R noted. Actually:
According to "A Cautionary Tale of Academic Rights and Responsibilities," an article by Kermit Hall posted on the ACE Web site . . . . "The statement was a pragmatic response by the higher education establishment to the escalating challenge posed by its neo-conservative critics in general and their most ardent advocate, David Horowitz, in particular," Hall wrote.
Update: Wisconsin v. Southworth.

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