Charles Koch Foundation Raises Concern Over Proposal to Mandate Speaker Viewpoints at Arizona Universities

A state policymaker in Arizona is proposing requiring public universities to monitor and balance the ideological perspectives of speakers invited to campus. Raising concern over the proposal, Charles Koch Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy Charlie Ruger issued the following statement:

“An open exchange of ideas doesn’t happen through mandate. Universities need academic freedom to foster a dynamic, open intellectual environment that makes discovery possible. Efforts by legislators to place a heavy hand on everything from campus speakers to faculty composition to course content impose a political orthodoxy contrary to academic freedom.”

There is a growing and worrying partisan divide around trust in higher education that likely motivates these types of policy proposals. Advocates of higher education can look to repair these divides by speaking to the underlying concern and ensuring scholars feel free to seek the truth without fear of intimidation, threats, or undue influence from those outside of and within their institutions.

Learn more about the commitment of the Foundation and our partners to academic freedom here, here, and here.

05-19-2020 02:09pm

Minerva Schools: continuing to serve university students during COVID-19

Because COVID-19 has forced many leading colleges and universities to delay, defer, or cancel their enrollment for thousands of students, upcoming on-campus plans have never been more uncertain. To address this need, Minvera has launched its Visiting Scholars Year—a remote, credit-bearing opportunity for university students.

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05-15-2020 10:00am

WMU Center for Principled Leadership and Business Strategy encourages students to “lean into” COVID crisis

Instead of abandoning the coursework for the year and simply resorting to teaching business strategy online, Lepisto and McIver leaned into the crisis. They decided they would not shield their students from it and instead would use it to expose them to the realities of being an entrepreneur, including the uncertainty and hardship, while trying to help local businesses as they struggled to survive.

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05-14-2020 10:00am

TEL offers free resources and affordable courses to keep students on track

With COVID-19 keeping students out of residence and lecture halls, TEL quickly pivoted, launching another program, Learn Together!, which provides free learning resources to high school and college instructors, students, and families during COVID-19.

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