Promoting Higher Education Values: A Guide for Discussion

Posted April 30, 2020

Promoting Higher Education Values: A Guide for Discussion is intended to frame and facilitate discussion about higher education values and their implementation in a wide range of settings. It starts from the view that healthy higher education communities matter enormously. But to be healthy, higher education communities must be grounded in core values – equitable access, accountability, academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and social responsibility.

This guide urges proactive examination of values issues and the development of “ritualizing” practices that can build respect and understanding. Many of the concepts and tools in the guide are explored in the free online course, Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters.

A companion publication, Promoting Higher Education Values: Workshop Supplement, includes sample exercises and questions for discussion, for use by individuals or in guided seminars, workshops, and other public and private settings.

If you are interested in facilitating a discussion or workshop with SAR on Promoting Higher Education Values for your campus, please contact Scholars at Risk at

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