Safeguarding both the autonomy of the institution and the related tradition of academic freedom
- Boards will stay at the level of governance and will not go “into the weeds” of management.
- Principles of tenure and academic freedom will remain key principles of the academy.
- It is important to recognize the history and context of institutions; some have been complicit in race and sex discrimination and antithetical to institutional change.
- Boards and their administrative teams must spend time understanding the conflict points between academic freedom and free speech on the one hand and equity and inclusion on the other.
- Some institutions have been the perpetual victims of racism, including historic underfunding of public HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and other Minority-Serving Institutions.