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Increasingly, government intervention in higher education is constraining the freedom of inquiry and expression essential to liberal education and violating the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy.

Across the country, state legislatures and governors are imposing or seeking to impose restrictions on teaching and learning in colleges and universities. The majority of these restrictions are focused on concepts related to race, gender, LGBTQ+ identities, and American history. Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is overturning precedents with widespread implications for higher education.

These government interventions violate the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy on which the quality and integrity of our system of higher education depends. Foundational to American higher education, these closely interrelated principles both enable and preserve the freedom of inquiry and expression necessary to pursue truth wherever it may lead, to increase knowledge, and to drive innovation and discovery.

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