Pennsylvania scores on campus free speech

Glenn Reynolds is proud of his institution, the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, for quickly acting to protect free speech on campus and preserve its green-light rating from FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). FIRE’s press release says UT Knoxville is “one of only a handful of schools to receive FIRE’s most favorable ‘green light’ rating for protecting free speech on campus.”

My institution, Carnegie Mellon University, also has a green light, and I was curious who the rest of the handful were so I assembled the list:

  • Bucks County Community College (Pennsylvania)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio)
  • The College of William and Mary (Virginia)
  • Dartmouth (New Hampshire)
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • University of Utah

One quickly notices a few things: (1) Not very many schools defend free speech. (2) Most of these are public schools; just three of the eleven (CMU, Dartmouth, Penn) are private. (3) Over a third are in a single state, Pennsylvania, the only state to have more than one. (4) Despite the high esteem in which the institutes of higher learning of Massachusetts and California are held, there’s not one from either state.

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