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AHA Seal

AHA Releases Statement

The American Historical Association issues the following statement regarding the recently released email correspondence of former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and his staff relating to the assignment of Howard Zinn’s work by an Indiana University faculty member.

AHA Council Endorses Academic Freedom Decision

In response to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the American Association of University Professors recommendation urging accreditors “to take steps to ensure that the protection of academic freedom is a central concern in their evaluation of higher-education institutions,” the Council of the American Historical Association approved the following statement of support:

Academic freedom is an essential component of the educational mission; in order to advance and disseminate knowledge, scholars must be able to teach and conduct research with confidence that that they can express their views and report their findings without fear of reprisal.

Accreditors Consider Academic Freedom in Evaluating Higher Education Institutions

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the American Association of University Professors have offered an intriguing suggestion regarding the relevance of academic freedom to the quality of education.  Please note in this recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education their recommendation that accreditors consider how well an institution protects academic freedom as an important criterion in their evaluations.

UPDATE: Michigan Legislature Proceeds with Budget Provision Targeting University Internships

Last month, the AHA issued a statement strongly opposing a move by Michigan state legislators to prevent students from earning credit through internships at certain institutions that happen to be engaged in protests against any Michigan business. The AHA maintains that “The proposed law would, in short, make illegal the gathering of information, or even learning how to gather information, in cooperation with a group that seeks to inform public debate.”

In a June 6 editorial, the Detroit Free Press noted the internship provision “not only interferes with universities’ autonomy in making their own decisions about what groups they work with, but also appears to violate First Amendment protections in the U.S.