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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

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