Ten Most Totalitarian Campuses

, Malcolm A. Kline, 5 Comments

Our friends at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have compiled a list of the ten campuses with the worst free speech policies.

Here they are:

• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.)
• Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.)
• Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)
• Los Angeles Community College District (Los Angeles, Calif.)
• Fordham University (New York, N.Y.)
• Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.)
• Albion College (Albion, Mich.)
• Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
• University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.)
• Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas)

And here is how they describe themselves:

• “With 7,500 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world.”
• “Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation.”
• “Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.”
• “The mission of the Los Angeles Community College District is to provide our students with an excellent education that prepares them to transfer to four-year institutions, successfully complete workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs, and pursue opportunities for
lifelong learning and civic engagement.”
• “[At Fordham] Our spirit comes from the nearly 500-year history of the Jesuits. It’s the spirit of full-hearted engagement—with profound ideas, with communities around the world, with injustice, with beauty, with the entirety of the human experience.”
• “Evergreen attracts students inspired by the complexity of the world. Our model of learning prepares students for the way the world happens now, layering academic disciplines so students can focus on how they want to uniquely impact our ever-changing world.”
• “With 49 majors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs, Albion gives students the flexibility to forge their own paths while gaining a true understanding of the world.”
• “Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.”
• “From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world.”
• “As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.”


5 Responses

  1. Burdoc

    February 13, 2018 12:18 pm

    I went to Evergreen in the mid 70’s and it was the best of all 16 campuses that I have been either a student or faculty on what has happened to make you put it on such a negative list?

  2. Recce1

    February 13, 2018 4:48 pm

    Burdoc, sadly things have changed on many, if not most, university campuses and not always for the best. The generation of socialist revolutionaries like Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn, and Kathy Boudin have become prominent in many former bastions of academic freedom and learning.

  3. C.V. Compton Shaw

    February 13, 2018 8:30 pm

    As I remember it, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, once stated that an educational establishment should teach it’s students: 1. To think for themselves; 2. Tolerate different political opinions; and, 3. Self control. He stated that the aforementioned qualities were requisite for a democratic form of government to exist and that one could expect authoritarian forms of government to develop, if the educational establishment failed to inculcate these values in students. American academia has definitely failed in this regard with the result that one can reasonably expect that the US Government will be increasingly authoritarian in nature.

  4. Barbara Nostrand

    February 13, 2018 11:30 pm

    Burdoc – When a campus riots over somebody with an unacceptable skin color walking onto campus to engage in educational activities listed in the catalog, then how do you characterize the place? Evergreen has become in its own way very intolerant.

  5. Jon

    February 14, 2018 1:51 pm

    This is shamefully bossed and a so-called “conservative” hit piece! There is zero credibility and less reliable standards in the assertion or reporting. I attended TESC and it helped focus my life in a manner that I would not have imagined! It was and is a fantastic institution, one those with totalitarian inclinations will hold in contempt! I also attended UC Berkeley and it’s inclusion on such a list is laughable at best! This hit piece is projection defined!

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