FIRE Names Seven Best Schools for Free Speech on ‘Huffington Post’

May 24, 2011

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff commended the nation’s seven best colleges and universities for freedom of speech in an article for The Huffington Post today. The article is a companion to our highly publicized list of our nation’s 12 Worst Schools for Free Speech published in January.

The colleges listed as the nation’s best are Arizona State UniversityDartmouth CollegeThe College of William & Mary, the University of PennsylvaniaCarnegie Mellon University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the University of Virginia.

In determining the seven best colleges and universities for freedom of speech, FIRE considered whether the school’s policies restrict speech protected by the First Amendment and whether the school had censored speech in recent years. Each of the seven institutions chosen has earned a “green light” rating in FIRE’s Spotlight database of university policies. FIRE awards a college or university a “green light” rating if it does not maintain any policies that seriously imperil speech on campus. Only 14 schools out of the nearly 400 FIRE rates have earned “green light” ratings.

We invite Huffington Post readers to nominate their own candidates in the comments section after reading FIRE’s list. As Greg writes in the article, it is important not only to expose which schools are unduly restricting speech, but also to “credit universities that protected the First Amendment despite calls for censorship.” We’ll also be responding in the comments section to posters wondering why their own schools didn’t make the Lucky Seven.

Check out The Huffington Post to join the dialogue.