In Ontario, policymakers have required colleges and universities to adopt mission statements in favor of free expression similar to the statement developed by the University Chicago. In the U.S., state lawmakers in Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Georgia have adopted proposals concerning public colleges that include such a provision, along with other sections that allow students and faculty to express opinions on current affairs without fear of institutional reprisal .

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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Students tell their stories in new free speech booklet

Protecting free speech on campus will be on the docket again in many states as lawmakers begin their sessions in the coming weeks. Texas will be one, if TPPF’s Policy Orientation is any indication (Stanley Kurtz, who co-authored the Goldwater Institute’s 2017 report along with me and Jim Manley of the Pacific Legal Foundation, was […]

Can Families in Your State Take Full Benefit of 529 Savings Plans?

In September, we wrote here that some state lawmakers had work to do in order for families to make the most of their personal savings for their child’s education. This week, a new Heritage Foundation report provides an updated state-by-state analysis of what’s happening with federal law, state laws, and families’ attempts to save for private K-12 […]

College Students and a Crisis of Confidence

Gallup reports a “crisis of confidence among most students” when coeds are asked about life after college: Thirty-four percent of students expect to graduate ready to launch a successful career. A quick review of campus life makes 34 percent sound like too many. Start with concierges. Inside Higher Ed reports this week that New Mexico […]

Protecting free speech on campus part of a university’s mission

A recent Vox article doubts there is a problem with free speech on campus because there are “well over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States” (4,360 according to the U.S. Department of Education), and there have been “only a handful of disinvitations.” With a “relatively few incidents of speech being squelched on college […]

Changes are here for K-12, college savings plans

College students will be heading back to campus in a few weeks, and a nontrivial consideration for students and parents will be how to pay for tuition in the fall. But recent changes to federal tax law may affect how millions of families consider K-12 and postsecondary options in the future. In 2017, Washington lawmakers […]

A day of reckoning for the left on free speech on campus

The free-speech-on-campus wars of the 21st century are causing those on both sides of the political divide to do some soul-searching about the meaning of free expression. As this blog has thoroughly covered, there is movement afoot to protect faculty and students on the right and left of ideological debates through state legislation. Yet recent […]

Challenging the ‘Bias Response Teams’ at the University of Michigan

In the potpourri of college censorship that poisons free speech on campus, some ingredients have innocuous titles: Free Speech Zones, Safe Spaces, and Bias Response Teams. None of these elements are what they purport to be, nor do they promote free expression. Free Speech Zones limit where and when students can demonstrate or distribute literature. […]

Classes ending soon, but shout downs are not

Policymakers, school leaders, parents, and students should ask: At what point is it too late to intervene when a speaker is being shouted down? Must we wait for violence to break out before they tried to restore order?

University presidents and free speech on campus

According to two new surveys dealing with free speech on college campuses, “free speech is a balancing act.” Presidents and students “overwhelmingly agree that inclusion and free speech are important to a democracy.” This noble-sounding headline seems to bury the lede in both surveys.