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Reclaiming the Culture of Higher Education: A Best Practices Guide for Advancing Open Inquiry, Viewpoint Diversity, and Constructive Disagreement

Edited by Kyle Sebastian Vitale, Ph.D. and Samantha Hedges, Ph.D.

Higher education is struggling. Students self-censor in the face of peer pressure and rigid ideologies in the classroom. Scholars struggle to research and write freely inside disciplinary echo chambers and ruling orthodoxies. Increasing incidents of campus disruption, canceling, and shaming disincentivize bold dialogue across difference.

Thankfully, faculty, students, staff, and administrators are working everywhere to change campus culture for the better and to renew higher education’s commitment to the rigorous pursuit of knowledge and truth. This Guide is a compilation of their best strategies and approaches.

At Heterodox Academy (HxA) we believe the culture can change by embracing open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in the classroom, in the disciplines, on the quad, and in the C-suite. In this Guide, readers will find practices, approaches, and ideas for embracing these values no matter where they find themselves on campus.

What you’ll read is a draft — an initial collection meant to start a conversation. That’s where you come in! We want to hear from you. We invite you to consider what needs to be added, restructured, and revisited. Members and friends, please stay tuned for communication about how you can get involved in the feedback process.

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We are compiling a compendium of initiatives, policies, programs, and other innovations that have been deployed in classrooms, on campuses, and in disciplines to support open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement. We want to hear practical strategies, tools, and resources that have worked for you, and that others can readily adapt and implement in their own institutions. These can range from entire courses to syllabi, reading lists, and research. Learn more & contribute.

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