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Campus Expression Survey

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Campus Expression Survey

Are students and/or professors 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, we hear reports that students and professors are heavily self-censoring. Many talk about needing to “walk on eggshells.” Is this going on in your classroom, or at your 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 is easy to administer, and it will give you a diagnosis, an X-ray, of what’s going on. Like all of our tools, we provide the Campus Expression Survey free of charge.

Learn more about our Campus Expression Survey


The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges

The Guide to Colleges is no longer available, as the data and content are no longer up-to-date and do not meet Heterodox Academy’s standards of research and reporting.

We have been working behind the scenes to create a more robust guide, one that will rely exclusively on high-quality institutional data and direct assessments of campus climate. Our work over the past few months has made clear that—in order to create a Guide that is at once interesting, useful, accurate, and sustainable—we must take a slow-build approach.

We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment; we know the Guide to Colleges was a popular tool among members of the HxA community and beyond.  We will provide updates on our progress on our website, blog, social media platforms and weekly Bulletin. The Bulletin is the latest news and updates from Heterodox Academy, delivered weekly to your inbox. To sign-up today, please fill out the form here.

10 Colleges Excelling in Civil & Diverse Debate

In recent years, campus trends and ideas about speech are spilling into the world beyond campus. Walking on eggshells, exercising extreme caution in respecting taboos, reporting colleagues for jokes overheard, and deflecting substantive arguments with ad hominem counterattacks may soon be common features of corporate and community life. College-bound high school students who want to master those skills can choose from a wide range of America’s top schools where this new speech culture exists.

We highlight 10 schools that stand out from the crowd. These are schools—large and small, public and private—where multiple sources of information suggest that students will have better odds of developing the habits of heart and mind necessary to thrive in a world of complexity, nuance, and difference.


OpenMind is a free, psychology-based educational platform designed to depolarize campuses and to foster mutual understanding across differences. OpenMind helps students cultivate intellectual humility, empathy, and trust, while equipping them with the essential skills to discuss the most sensitive and difficult topics. The platform is interactive, highly engaging, and can be assigned to students in a particular classroom, or used campus-wide.

Learn more at openmindplatform.org

All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated

Heterodox Academy has produced a new book based on John Stuart Mill’s famous essay On Liberty to make it accessible for the 21st century. Features 16 gorgeous original illustrations, by artist Dave Cicirelli, that amplify the power of Mill’s metaphors and arguments

All Minus One is ideal for use in college courses, advanced high school classes, or in any organization in which people would benefit from productive disagreement.

Explore our free and paid versions of the book