ROPS Special Thematic Issue: Reflections on the Challenges of Representation and Academic Freedom


CSHE is devoted to supporting open and civil debate on key issues facing higher education. The ROPS contribution posted below by Steven Brint and Komi Frey discusses the University of California policies and practices of using DEI statements in the hiring and advancement of faculty, and how these policies and practices intersect with academic freedom as well as broader issues related to the contemporary academic culture of universities—what some may view as a controversial issue within the academy.

Because the editors of ROPS anticipated differing views regarding their analysis, and for the purpose of supporting and open and constructive discussion, we asked a group of highly qualified scholars to offer their critiques resulting in six Commentaries offered below as individual ROPS contributions. Authors are responsible for the content, and the views and interpretations expressed are not necessarily those of CSHE's research staff and other affiliated researchers.

John Aubrey Douglass

ROPS Editor

October, 23, 2023

ROPS Special Thematic Issue: October 2023

Publication date: 
October 23, 2023
Publication type: 
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS)