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The Constitution Goes to CollegeFive Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741030

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741030.001.0001

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(p.186) 7 Conclusion

(p.186) 7 Conclusion

(p.186) 7 Conclusion
The Constitution Goes to College

Rodney A. Smolla

NYU Press

This book concludes with a discussion of the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and its significance to the influence of constitutional ideas on the identity of public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The 1940 Statement, crafted by representatives of the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges, embodies the ideals of academic freedom as a core defining value of American higher education. The document proclaims the importance of academic freedom in both teaching and research and acknowledges that academic freedom carries with it duties correlative with rights. This concluding chapter also considers some of the limits of the 1940 Statement, the university's special place in both corporate and constitutional law, and the parallels between the procedural and structural elements of the U.S. Constitution and a modern university.

Keywords:   academic freedom, 1940 Statement of Principles, universities, higher education, teaching, research, academic freedom, rights, constitutional law, U.S. Constitution

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