(Williams 2012) Academic freedom and indentured students

Williams, Jeffrey J. Academic freedom and indentured students. Academe. 2012 Jan–Feb; 98(1):10–15. Available from: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2012/JF/Feat/will.htm.

Williams compares student debt to indentured servitude. He proposes that the AAUP should make the abolition of student debt a major policy goal, on the ground that debt constrains the “freedom of intellectual exploration” of students by limiting their career choices and otherwise diverting their efforts to debt management and repayment. Williams also proposes that the AAUP reconsider its traditional conception of academic freedom as pertaining almost exclusively to faculty, rather than students.


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