That’s the conclusion of the Heterodox Academy, a group of about 1000 professors interested in promoting intellectual diversity. (Chicago is #1). We lose points for our low rating from FIRE and for the related recent anti-free speech efforts of our administration – some of which have been beaten off by the Senate.
It’s a little unfair to criticize us for not endorsing the Chicago statement on academic freedom. The UO Senate has enacted much stronger free-speech and academic freedom policies than Chicago. It’s just that our administration feels free to break them when convenient.
The HxA website also links to this story about a $150M initiative that Johns Hopkins is launching to promote intellectual diversity:
The gift establishes the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University as an academic and public forum bringing together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ethics, sociology, and history. Together, they will examine the dynamics of societal, cultural, and political polarization and develop ways to improve decision-making and civic discourse. They also will design and test mechanisms for strengthening democracy through dialogue and social engagement, and convene subject matter experts from a range of perspectives to explore new approaches to divisive issues.
Meanwhile here at UO our administration is in the midst of preparing a new set of expensive “Diversity Action Plans” with a narrow focus on racial and ethnic diversity – viewpoint and intellectual diversity barely get lip service.
The full list, and the bottom 6: