By Greg Piper at The College Fix
Former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, the onetime hope of conservative college students as a Republican presidential candidate (he never ran), has drawn raves for his various moves as president of Purdue University.
Daniels secured another notch in his belt today: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education awarded the school a “green light” rating for its free-expression policies, after working with the school to totally eliminate its speech codes with Daniels’ support.
Purdue also adopted an expansive academic-freedom statement similar to that of the University of Chicago, FIRE said.
It’s only the 21st institution to earn FIRE’s highest rating, and it was student-led:
FIRE began working to reform Purdue’s speech codes in September 2014, when FIRE sent a memorandum covering Purdue’s speech policies to two members of the student government. Students Andrew Zeller and Emilie Watson worked with FIRE’s [Azhar] Majeed to advocate for policy reform on campus and to introduce a resolution in student government calling for the necessary revisions.