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As Academic Freedom Teeters, Will the Old Become New Again?

Ian Morris
Board of Contributors
Oct 12, 2018 | 06:30 GMT
University students in an auditorium listen to their lecturer. Despite the success of the modern university, increasing numbers of people seem to see academically free universities as a luxury they no longer wish to support.
Almost half of American academics were tenured in 1975; by 2015, the figure was 25 percent, and full-time positions now make up just half of the total.
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For thousands of years, the world did perfectly well without academically free universities. Despite the success of the modern university, an increasing number of people seem to think it can do so again....

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