Who’s in charge here? Making the Case for Institutional Autonomy
Wednesday, May 26 2021 12:00 pm
Join Scholars at Risk (SAR) and the SAR-United States Section for Lines, Line-Drawing, and Consequences, a five-part discussion series that will explore common situations that invoke core values on college and university campuses. Every other Wednesday, SAR Executive Director Rob Quinn will lead a discussion about a particular paradigm, drawing on recent case examples. The sessions will be interactive, and will offer participants tools for assessing incidents and developing pro-values responses for their campus.
SESSION IV: WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE? MAKING THE CASE FOR INSTITUTIONAL AUTONOMY
Legislation over faculty political views looms in the Iowa General Assembly. In Arkansas, House Bill 1218 aims to prohibit public colleges and universities from allowing classes, activities, or events that promote “division between, or resentment of, or social justice for” any race, gender, political affiliation, or social class.” Similar state impositions on institutional autonomy have gained traction in Georgia and Florida.
Autonomy works to ensure the decisions about teaching, research, and academic standards, management, and related activities are made by those adequately trained within the scholarly community–not according to outside interference, be they political, commercial or in other forms. Using the case examples as a jumping off point, we will discuss the necessity for self-governance in decision-making and leadership to fulfill higher education’s public mission.