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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Richard C. Atkinson served as the University of California's seventeenth president from 1995 to 2003. The Atkinson years were a time of dramatic expansion and landmark issues for UC. Enrollments, research programs, and funding all grew rapidly to new highs. The University faced the imperative of pursuing diversity in the post-affirmative action age, created new paradigms for industry-university cooperative research, and challenged the validity of the SAT I, the nation's most widely used college entrance examination.

The speeches, lectures, and other papers gathered here document these and a variety of other issues. The principal theme of this collection is the University of California itself, and the role it plays as a public research university in a diverse, dynamic, and knowledge-based society. We hope you will enjoy this introduction to the events and challenges of the Atkinson presidency.

Academic Quality
Achievement versus Aptitude
Education
Race and Diversity
The Atkinson Presidency
The Research University
The University and the Economy
University Admissions
University of California

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Academic Freedom and the Research University

(2004)

The article argues that the principles upon which academic freedom is founded must be elaborated and modified in ways that are relevant to the responsibilities and circumstances of today's universities. The article elucidates the UC's new statement on academic freedom, which honors the long history and tradition of the principles of academic freedom, but also breaks new ground in that it explicitly recognizes the means of maintaining those freedoms. The new policy affirms the principle that faculty conduct will be assessed in reference to academic values and professional norms, an inherently broad and flexible standard that is properly left to the determination of the faculty.

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Academic Freedom and the Research University

(2004)

Paper presented at the Glion Colloquium, Glion, Switzerland, June 2003.

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Diversity: Not There Yet

(2003)

Opinion piece about UC’s experience with the elimination of race and ethnicity in admissions.

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On Academic Freedom

(2003)

Letter to the Regents on the Academic Council’s review of a proposed revision to the University’s Academic Personnel Policy 010 on academic freedom,

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On Enrollment

(2003)

Letter to the Regents regarding student enrollment projections and long-range planning,

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On English R1A Course Section

(2002)

Letter to the Regents about the academic freedom and faculty responsibility issues involved in a reading and composition course at UC Berkeley, with Professor Robert Post’s analysis of the implications for academic freedom.