Thursday, April 4, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - As part of an ongoing effort to support professional development, CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Frederick P. Schaffer gave a presentation about the importance of academic freedom to faculty and staff at Hostos Community College on March 7, 2012.
Mr. Schaffer is general counsel and senior vice chancellor for legal affairs at CUNY. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the University on a wide range of issues. In addition to supervising a legal department of 18 lawyers, Mr. Schaffer also serves as general counsel to the CUNY Construction Fund, a public authority that finances capital construction at the University. In 2011, Mr. Schaffer received an Award for Excellence in Public Service from the New York State Bar Association.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to focus on academic freedom, which is vitally important to the academic community, and Mr. Schaffer’s lecture underscored critical issues in this area,” said Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.
During his talk, Mr. Schaffer reviewed the history of academic freedom, its roots at the beginning of the 20th century, and our evolving understanding of its meaning and application. He discussed its three elements: freedom of inquiry and research; freedom of teaching within the university or college; and freedom of extramural utterance and action. After his presentation, Mr. Schaffer answered a number of questions from Hostos professors.
Mr. Schaffer adheres to the notion that good sound policy regarding academic freedom is the best way to ensure the free exchange of ideas and knowledge at colleges and universities.
The Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs and The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored this event.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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