The College of DuPage has once again demonstrated a perverse notion of academic freedom. The Chicagoland community college which has had a tumultuous period of presidents coming and going and board members litigating against each other is greatly influenced by David Horowitz’s, Academic Bill of Rights. The board chair, who is suing prior members for alleged defamation concerning charges of sexual harassment, is attempting to influence what is taught in the classroom and which guests can be invited to speak on campus. One should be deeply concerned about the proposed actions by the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.
It appears to be an explicit violation of the principles of shared governance and academic freedom. It is obvious that efforts to restrict both instructional and student choices are contrary to the basic idea of what an institution of higher learning should stand for: namely the search for truth.
The American Association of University Professors has addressed the grave consequences of adopting the A.B.O.R. in terms of academic freedom, governmental intrusion into higher education and shared governance.