Liberty and the American University


Discussions of higher education have taken on new importance and prominence in the public sphere as changes in the demographics of students, intellectual life on campus, and the pedagogical techniques available to faculty have led to questions about the very purpose and essence of higher education in the United States. In the wake of these changes, this colloquium, geared for academics, focused on the history, evolution, and current status of the American university.


From Liberty Fund

Education in a Free Society

by Edited and with an Introduction by Anne Husted Burleigh

A position paper by Benjamin A. Rogge and Pierre F. Goodrich leads off this fine collection advocating an educational system based strictly on private and voluntary institutions.

Anne Husted Burleigh is a writer and a contributing editor for Crisis.

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Additional Readings

“Harvard Charter of 1650.” Harvard University. (June, 2008).

“How Many Ward Churchills?.” American Council of Trustees and Alumni. (June 2008).

“Philosophy of the University of Francisco Marroquin.” University of Francisco Marroquin. (July 2008).

“1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure {with 1970 Interpretive Comments}.” American Association of University Professors and Association of American Colleges. (June 2008).

Amacher, Ryan C. and Roger E. Meiners. Faulty Towers: Tenure and the Structure of Higher Education. Oakland: The Independent Institute, 2004.

Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster Trade (First Touchstone Edition), 1988.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Koch, Adrienne and Peden, William. New York: Random House, 1993.

Kirp, David L. Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Klein, Daniel B. and Stern, Charlotta. “Professors and their Politics: The Policy Views of Social Scientists.” Critical Review (2005): 257-277.

Lewis, Harry R. Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education. New York: PublicAffairs, 2006.

McClay, Wilfred M.. “Recovering the Western Soul.” Intercollegiate Review (2007): 19-26.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. Edited by John M. Robson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977.

Nieli, Russell K. From Christian Gentleman to Bewildered Seeker: The Transformation of Higher Education. Raleigh: Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2007.

Sowell, Thomas. Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas. New York: Free Press, 1993.

Sperber, Murray. Beer and Circus. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2000.