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Free Expression on Campus: What College Students Think About First Amendment Issues

Until recently, the ongoing debate over the state of free expression and open inquiry on college campuses suffered from a paucity of empirical data about the views of current college students. In 2016, Gallup, the Knight Foundation, and the Newseum Institute conducted a landmark study on free expression on campus. In 2017, Gallup and the Knight Foundation collaborated with the American Council on Education, the Charles Koch Institute, and the Stanton Foundation to update key trends and ask about new developments in First Amendment issues on campus.

Heterodox Academy is proud to partner with these organizations to make these data available for analysis using an easy, intuitive, and accessible visualization tool, created by Professor Vishal Singh. We invite researchers, journalists, and others to explore and interact with these data, which can inform national conversations about the state of open inquiry and constructive disagreement in higher education.

A downloadable file of the 2017 data is available for researchers for independent analysis on this page. No additional permission is needed to discuss or share the findings.

Note: Using a device with a large screen will provide the best user-experience for interacting with the data visualization tool.