Are students afraid to speak openly at your school? How can you know?

Everyone wants an open environment where all members of the academic community can express their ideas honestly. But increasingly since 2014 we hear reports that students and professors are heavily self-censoring, learning to “walk on eggshells.” Is this going on in your classroom, or at your university or high school? If so, then it is vital to know: WHICH students are feeling intimidated, about WHICH topics, and WHY? Are students primarily afraid of the professors, or of other students? Is it happening in all departments, or only in a few?

Heterodox Academy has designed a tool to provide good data on these questions. Our Campus Expression Survey (CES) is easy to administer, and it will give you a diagnosis, an X-ray, of what’s going on. Such data will help teachers and administrators to design effective interventions — for example, asking all students and faculty to participate in the OpenMind Platform