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Trump’s Academic Freedom

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

March 2019

Last Thursday, March 21st, President Trump signed an Executive Order to safeguard freedom of speech, particularly by conservative students. Although the measure merely repeats rules already in force, it may give cause to examine the issue also in terms of reports published.
Last December 2018, Susan Ramlo at the University of Akron, Ohio, published an analysis of what people on campus mean by ‘academic freedom’. Using the Q methodology – designed to study people’s “subjectivity” – she found consensus, distinguishing statements, and rich descriptions of five unique speech on campus viewpoints: Idealistic, Social Justice, Speech Crisis, Sage on the Stage, and Fox News (?!).

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