A newly compiled list of free speech on college campuses found that the University of Chicago is considered the best campus for free speech in America while DePauw University ranks last.
The 2020 report, “What’s the Climate for Free Speech on America’s College Campuses?” was published Tuesday. The first-of-its-kind, interactive, online tool pulled data from nearly 20,000 students to rank the best and worst schools for free speech and open discourse at 55 U.S. institutions.
The ratings factored in dimensions of free expression on campuses and looked at the ability to discuss challenging topics like race, gender and geopolitical conflicts, as well as polling students on whether they feel held back from openly sharing their views.
The schools are ranked on a scale from 0-100. The University of Chicago received a 64 while Indiana’s DePauw came in at 44.
“A university should be a lively marketplace of ideas – a place where different beliefs and opinions can be discussed, analyzed and challenged with widest possible freedom,” Nathan Harden, editor of RealClearEducation, said in a written statement. (Read more from “This College Considered Best in the Nation for Free Speech, and Here’s What Ranked Last” HERE)