Academic Freedom

Allowing any third-party control of academic matters is inconsistent with principles of academic freedom, shared governance, and the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities. Confucius Institutes function as an arm of the Chinese state and are allowed to ignore these principles.

Online Education

A new animated video raises serious concerns about the claims and promises being made by the online education industry about the quality of its higher education programs.The video is part of a national grassroots campaign to inform families, educators, higher education leaders, and policymakers about the serious concerns of faculty members and educational staff who are on the front lines of higher education.

Organizing

Nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified in July by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job.

Resources

  • Academe Magazine
    Feature articles, columns, and book reviews exploring developments in higher education.
  • Redbook
    The AAUP's key reports and policy documents.
  • Salary Survey
    The AAUP's annual report on faculty compensation.
  • Guidebooks
    Advice on navigating faculty handbooks, the FMLA, and more.

We're pleased to announce that the council of the American Educational Research Association voted last month to endorse the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure issued by the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Read about how AAUP budget analysis has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.

Nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified in July by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job.

The AAUP filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board arguing that graduate assistants at private sector institutions should be considered employees with collective bargaining rights.

Upon receiving the award, Congressman Welch responded "I am especially honored that the American Association of University Professors has chosen me to receive the Thomas Yost Award on the eve of its 100th anniversary."

Saranna Thornton, chair of the AAUPs’ Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession, said AAUP guidelines on family responsibilities and academic work say institutions should strive to create academic communities in which “all members are treated equitably, families are supported, and family-care concerns are regarded as legitimate and important."
 

Using the AAUP's annual salary report, this Forbes article reports that "student debt and low-wage faculty labor rose faster at state schools with the highest paid presidents than the national average."

Read about how AAUP budget analysis has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.

August 4, 2014

The eleventh biennial conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor will take place in New York City from August 4 through 6, 2014. Visit http://cocalinternational.org/ for more details.

August 14, 2014

A meeting of teh AAUP's Executive Committee.

August 15, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP-CBC's Executive Committee.

October 31, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

The AAUP's National office will be closed on Friday, July 4,  in observance of Independence Day.

If you are an AAUP member who would prefer to read Academe online, consider opting out of the print edition. Opt out of the print edition by filling out this form.

The total number of ballots received in the AAUP election was 4,501. There were 68 ballots voided. The total number of ballots counted was 4,433. See the complete results!

The May–June issue of Academe gets down to the nuts and bolts of faculty work.