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A Troubling Assault on Student Rights at Fordham

BY HANK REICHMAN This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students, issued by the AAUP and other organizations.  That statement spelled out clear guarantees of freedom of association for students.  Those rights were called into question in December when Fordham University refused to permit students to create…

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A Message to the President

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following letter by forty-eight US university presidents and chancellors was sent to President Trump on February 2. President Donald J. Trump The White House United States of AmericaDear President Trump: We write as presidents of leading American colleges and universities to urge you to rectify or rescind the recent executive…

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Is ACCJC Accepted by Educators?

BY HANK REICHMAN A bit more than a year ago then-Secretary of Education John King ruled that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which accredits all of California’s 112 community colleges, had a year to come into compliance with two Department of Education regulations.  Of particular importance was Regulation 34 C.F.R. §…

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How the Russians View Trump

BY HANK REICHMAN I usually try to limit my posts to this blog to topics more or less directly related to higher education.  However, given the many questions swirling around President Trump’s relations with Russia and Vladimir Putin and the importance to higher education of how Trump’s presidency develops, I thought I would share some…

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Why Banning Corey Lewandowski Is Wrong

BY JOHN K. WILSON In a few minutes, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will be speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). A group of student organizations wrote to the University of Chicago calling for Lewandowski to be banned from campus. I think they are deeply misguided. They argue, “Nothing about…

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Victory for Free Speech in Iowa as Assault on Unions Intensifies

BY HANK REICHMAN Iowa State University has lost an appeal in a federal free speech lawsuit that affirms student rights regardless of political viewpoint, the Des Moines Register reports.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled February 13 that school administrators, including President Steven Leath, violated the First Amendment rights of two…