In my 11 years with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), I’ve learned that fighting censorship on our nation’s college campuses isn’t just about filing First Amendment lawsuits or reminding colleges — sometimes quite sharply — of their promises to protect student speech, says Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. It is also important to honor the colleges that do respect student speech and that pass the tests of their commitment to free speech when they are presented. As I said right here on The Huffington Post last year, it’s important to give credit where credit is due. To that end, I’m proud to announce FIRE’s second annual list of America’s Best Colleges for Free Speech! A few quick notes before you check out the list. First, this isn’t a scientific study. Of course there’s no perfect algorithm to determine with exact certainty which college is the best for student speech. Instead, our list is populated by colleges that (1) have earned a “green light” from FIRE, meaning that their policies as written do not pose a serious threat to free speech on campus and (2) to our knowledge, have not committed a serious incident of censorship in the past several years…

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