Category Archives: Jerald H. Walz

Academic Freedom and Shared Governance: Does one protect the other?

In 2004, Delaware State University President Allen Sessoms suspended and initiated dismissal proceedings against Wendell Gorum, a tenured professor in the Mass Communications Department.  During a routine audit the university registrar had discovered that Gorum, “without the professor-of-record’s permission, had … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom: Anarchistic Brouhaha or Ordered Liberty?

In his classic essay, Two Concepts of Liberty, political philosopher Isaiah Berlin (2002) argued that freedom can be understood in two forms: negative and positive. Negative freedom is “freedom from interference” (Warburton, 2001, p. 5). Positive freedom is the “freedom … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom for Whom: Institutions or Individuals?

To the extent the Constitution recognizes a right of ‘academic freedom’ above and beyond the First Amendment rights to which every citizen is entitled, the right inheres in the University, not in individual professors. United States Court of Appeals for … Continue reading

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Financing Higher Education: The Cost and Debt Dilemmas—and Possible Solutions

  Lucia DiPoi, a first generation college student, owed more than $84,000 when she graduated from Tufts University in 2005—$19,000 in federal loans and $65,000 in private loans that charged interest rates higher than her government loans, (Clemmitt, 2008).  With … Continue reading

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