This chapter examines how academic freedom is to be viewed from the vantage point of the relative roles that faculty members and academic administrators ought to play in the governance structure of universities that are seeking to transform themselves. It first provides an overview of the core principles of academic freedom in the United States and proceeds by describing academic freedom at the City University of New York. It then considers academic freedom in relation to free speech, the rights of students, and university governance. It also looks at the uses and abuses of academic freedom and asks what the relative roles of faculty members and administrators should be in initiating and carrying out change in universities. The chapter concludes by discussing whether administrative initiative, with faculty consultation, violates principles of academic freedom and the roles that have been carved out over the decades for the two groups.
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