Only the anti-academic boycott absolutists, like the American Association of University Professors, have criticized the decision.
They con198tributed nothing to the modern idea outside of the impetus they gave to the anti-academic spirit.
1580s, "relating to an academy," also "collegiate, scholarly," from Latin academicus "of the Academy," from academia (see academy). Meaning "theoretical, not practical, not leading to a decision" (such as university debates or classroom legal exercises) is from 1886. Academic freedom is attested from 1901. Related: Academically.