Report: America’s top 25 liberal arts colleges restrict free speech

Sterling Beard
News Editor

Total Shares
This is the CRO SBAR

  • ACTA reports that fourteen of the top schools were given a “Red Light” freedom of speech rating.
  • None of the schools, which included private and public institutions, received a “Green Light” rating for free speech.
  • The nation’s top 25 liberal arts colleges all imperil free speech according to a study released Monday by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

    ACTA’s report, “Education or Reputation? A Look at America’s Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges,” examines the country’s top twenty-five liberal arts schools—as ranked by U.S. News and World Report—on many topics, including tuition and general education requirements.

    "The fourth school is Vassar College, which explicitly states in its faculty and student handbooks that it prizes civility over freedom of speech."   

    ACTA reports that fourteen of the top schools were given a “Red Light” freedom of speech rating by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) because they have “at least one policy that clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”

    An additional eleven schools have a “Yellow Light” rating because their policies “restrict a limited amount of protected expression or could too easily be used to restrict protected expression,” the report states.

    None of the schools, which included private and public institutions, received a “Green Light” rating from FIRE, which signifies that a school’s policies do not imperil free speech.

    Because of several ties, U.S. News and World Report actually lists 29 schools in its top 25. However, three of these schools are the military service academies, which FIRE does not rank because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the armed forces are not held to the same freedom of speech standard that “is required of the civilian state by the First Amendment.”

    The fourth school is Vassar College, which explicitly states in its faculty and student handbooks that it prizes civility over freedom of speech.

    Follow the author of this article on Twitter @SterlingCBeard

    Sterling Beard

    Sterling Beard

    News Editor

    Sterling Beard is Campus Reform's News Editor. Previously, he worked as an Editorial Associate at National Review Online and a Staff Writer at The Hill.

    More By Sterling Beard

    LATEST TWEETS

    Dan Kleinman
    @SafeLibraries - 4 hours ago

    @campusreform: California regulators ban private university from admitting veterans http://t.co/7oqvwDgziV via @CalebBonham#highered

    Veteran Dispatch
    @VeteranDispatch - 4 hours ago

    California regulators bar university from admitting veterans http://t.co/hXipD8rVZk via @CalebBonham @campusreform

    Katie Zehnder
    @Kathzeh - 4 hours ago

    California regulators bar university from admitting veterans by @CalebBonham http://t.co/jxkhjuVN91 via @campusreform

    Spencer Schredder
    @schredder11 - 5 hours ago

    The four sample students are ridiculous. This should be a story on @campusreform.

    CampusReform.org
    @campusreform - 5 hours ago

    California regulators ban private university from admitting veterans http://t.co/vt2AH5BqxK via @CalebBonham

    Doug Kellett
    @Dougtalks997 - 5 hours ago

    California regulators bar university from admitting veterans http://t.co/ntaXYcy0dH via @campusreform

    Katie Zehnder
    @Kathzeh - 5 hours ago

    RT @campusreform: California regulators bar university from admitting veterans http://t.co/1QtS8cqjH3 via @campusreform

    CampusReform.org
    @campusreform - 5 hours ago

    California regulators bar university from admitting veterans http://t.co/vt2AH5BqxK via @campusreform

    Caleb Bonham
    @CalebBonham - 5 hours ago

    California regulators bar university from admitting veterans http://t.co/iZpbkakslB via @campusreform

    Latest 30 Articles