2011: FIRE's Best Year Ever
December 31, 2011
by Adam Kissel
By many measures, 2011 has been FIRE's best year ever, despite serious, ongoing threats to fundamental rights on campus.
Read Peter's post for a rundown of the highlights of the worst and craziest free speech cases of 2011, and read Azhar's post for a rundown of our most significant Individual Rights Education Program victories. We have more "green light" schools (those that maintain no policies that seriously imperil free speech) than ever, now including Arizona State University, which revised its speech codes to protect free speech for its more than 60,000 students.
And since FIRE's Speech Code of the Month became a regular feature in June 2005, 31 universities have fully revised the policies that earned them that dubious distinction. As Sam's post explains, three of the schools listed in 2011 have already revised their policies. This is significant, as Bridget points out that success in higher education reform depends on protecting the freedom to dissent and transforming the culture on campus to give all views a chance in the marketplace of ideas.
This week we blew by 4,000 Twitter followers and 4,500 Facebook likes, and we're just a few shy of 850 YouTube subscribers following the wild success of our latest video, Don't Mess with Firefly! How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech. That video alone has gained 60,000 views over the past few days. Thanks to Robert and Joanna for getting our video projects and online presence so far in 2011.
Huge thanks to all of our friends and supporters, students, faculty, staff, parents, donors, trustees, and more, for contributing so much to FIRE's success in 2011. Have a Happy New Year!