• Multiplicity Staff

How to Pick a Multiplicitous College

Picking a university to attend in 2020 is a daunting task. Picking where to go to receive a full education that challenges your preconceived notions and encourages critical thinking seems impossible. Yet, there are colleges and universities in the United States that still hold to these classically liberal, humanist standards. To understand what you're looking for, Multiplicity has gathered a quick reading list we encourage you and the young people in your life to review during the college selection period.

In short though, look for a college that: encourages disagreement, discourages violence, protects student's freedom to speech, and protects faculty's academic freedom. By reading these articles, you'll get a grasp on what these phrases mean, their context, and their importance in any potential university experience.

Seven Suggested Readings

The AAUP's commitment to protecting Academic Freedom. Understand where professors claim to stand on the issue of academic freedom, what it means, and where it flourishes.

Wellesley College's Fundamental Principles. A fantastic example of a college willing to protect their student's first amendment rights. This is especially notable as a private institution, since most public institutions are legally required to protect first amendment rights.

FIRE's Spotlight Database. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reviews college responses and policies regarding freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Search their database for potential schools, to see what admissions materials won't disclose.

FIRE's Worst Colleges for Free Speech. FIRE also compiles a list of colleges with the worst Freedom of Speech records in the country. Make sure a college you're considering (like Babson College, in Wellesley, MA) isn't on this list! On these campuses, students and faculty are artificially limited from fully engaging with the world through censorship policies and actions.

The AAUP's stance on Trigger Warnings. A quick review of what trigger warnings are, how they are currently used in universities, and what impact they have upon academic freedom.

The Heterodox Academy Mission Statement. The Heterodox Academy is a coalition of faculty and PhD students who value academic freedom and viewpoint diversity. Read their mission statement for a quick understanding of why this coalition came to be, and search their database for membership at the schools you're interested in. Having a Heterodox Professor on campus insures that there is a space in which students are truly academically challenged.

Multiplicity's Mission Statement. Read more about Multiplicity, how the Portal helps to connect multiplicitous organizations, and how it works to fight the chilling effect censorship has on American college campuses.


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