AAG Releases Statement in Defense of Academic Freedom at the University of Wisconsin
The Association of American Geographers expresses its deep concern over the proposals pending in the Wisconsin legislature that threaten tenure and hence academic freedom. By expanding the circumstances under which tenure can be revoked, the policies recommended by the Joint Finance Committee threaten the academic freedom that makes scholarly discovery and creativity possible. As such, these pending proposals run counter to the ideals of intellectual independence, shared governance, and public engagement that have made the Wisconsin State University system, and the higher education system of the United States, a beacon of academic vitality around the globe. We call on the Wisconsin legislature to uphold a system of higher education that is open to a diversity of perspectives, methods, and experiences by supporting academic free speech that is made possible by the tenure system.