The Video Database is a project of the Student Free Speech Foundation, with a goal to provide an easily accessible database for important speeches, debates, and lectures dating back to the early day of the United States.
The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges rates America’s top 150 universities and the top 50 liberal arts schools (as listed by US News and World Reports) according to the degree of viewpoint diversity you can expect to find on campus. Is it a place where you are likely to encounter a variety of views on politically controversial topics? Or is it an environment where students who do not hold the dominant political viewpoint are afraid to speak up?
Our Guide to Colleges helps you evaluate schools by integrating these four sources of information:
- Endorsed Chicago: Whether the university has endorsed the Chicago Principles on free expression
- FIRE Rating: Whether the school’s speech codes foster or infringe upon free speech. As rated by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
- ISI Rating: Is the school a reasonably welcoming place for conservative and libertarian students? Obtained from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) guide to Choosing the Right College. (We presume that open-minded progressive students would prefer not to attend a school at which students who are not on the left feel unwelcome, and are less likely to speak up.)
- Relevant Events Since 2014: Events on campus that indicate a commitment by faculty, administration, and/or students to protect or restrict free inquiry and viewpoint diversity, as broken out by where the event originates; i.e. is it a policy from the administration or an event disruption by students? We ignore events that involve just a few individuals or professors and focus on those indicating broader sentiment, norms, or policy.