University provosts have bleak outlook on free expression in higher ed

Last month, Inside Higher Ed released findings from its census of 331 chief academic officers, or provosts, working at public and private institutions across the country.

Although most provosts surveyed had a positive perception of the speech climate on their campus, few indicated they thought this was due to their campus speech policies. About 1 in 5 provosts (22%) believed their campus speech policies are “very” or “extremely” effective at creating an environment for constructive dialogue. But the majority (75%) said their policies are “somewhat” or “moderately” effective, and just 3% believed their policies are “not at all effective.”

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