University mission and academic freedom: Are they irreconcilable?

  • Charles L. Glenn

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009944324845

Cite this article as:
Glenn, C.L. European Journal for Education Law and Policy (2000) 4: 41. doi:10.1023/A:1009944324845


Educational freedom, rightly understood, depends upon the freedom to shape - and (for individuals) to choose to study in or teach in - distinctive educational institutions. This implies an obligation upon faculty who have chosen to commit themselves to such an institution to teach in a way that engages positively with its educational project. Policies which provide scope and encouragement for schools and universities to represent distinctive and coherent viewpoints are an essential condition of educational freedom in a pluralistic society. These issues are discussed with reference to the ‘values project‘ of Free University in Amsterdam and to debates, in the Netherlands and the United States, over the distinctive character of schools.

academic freedom distinctive character university mission 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles L. Glenn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Administration, Training and Policy StudiesBoston University School of EducationBostonUSA

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