Giving Compass' Take:

• Among concerns that colleges are limiting students' rights to free speech on campus, Debra Mashek at The Hill argues for more open conversation.

• Do nonprofits have a role in this debate? How can the philanthropic sector encourage more honest, civil debate on college campuses, without resorting to partisan politics?

Read more about free speech on college campuses


The most effective policymakers weave together the best ideas from a range of perspectives in order to address society’s most intractable problems.

Yet, colleges — the intended training ground for the sort of creative and integrative thinking such problem-solving requires — have become increasingly characterized by orthodoxy in what types of questions can be asked and what sort of comments can be shared in the classroom and around campus.

As a result, many students and even some faculty elect to self-censor. As citizens who are counting on students’ future contributions to our shared social and civic endeavors, we all suffer when students elect to sit on the sidelines of their own learning or opt-out of scholarship because they feel they do not “belong” at institutions of higher learning.

Indeed, it is vital for America’s future to encourage a diversity of opinions on college campuses. But what will it take to achieve that goal?

Read the full article about self-censoring in school by Debra Mashek at The Hill.