Shared Governance

Bethune-Cookman Report Now Online

An Association investigating committee report on Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, now published on the AAUP’s Web site, deals with the 2009 dismissal of four professors and the termination of the services of three additional faculty members. The stated reasons for these actions ranged from charges of sexual harassment of students to claims of insufficient academic credentials to the purported need to reduce the size of the faculty for financial reasons.

Faculty in Action at Bowie State

Faculty members at Bowie State University in Maryland were concerned early this fall when a new provost, Stacey Franklin Jones, began reorganizing the staff in preparation for programmatic academic changes and demoted or removed some staff members, and faculty serving in staff positions, without appropriate notice or due process. Members of the faculty report that she went on to circumvent established governance bodies and to use informal meetings with selected faculty members to launch new academic initiatives, such as first- and second-year experience programs.

AAUP Governance Conference Draws Overflow Crowd

AAUP members and others interested in shared governance in higher education came together November 12–14 in Washington, DC, for the AAUP’s Shared Governance Conference and Workshops. The conference featured three days of presentations exploring significant aspects of college and university governance, an opportunity to network with governance leaders from across the country, and expert-led training workshops for governance leaders and those aspiring to positions of leadership.

Crisis In Public Higher Education

Public education in many states is facing a crisis, with sharp budget cuts, unprecedented attacks on faculty status and rights, and swelling enrollments.

Idaho Board Unjustified in Axing Faculty Senate

This not only violates fundamental principles of academic governance but poorly serves the teaching and research mission of the university.

Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli Receives AAUP’s Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance

The Brown Award is given to American college or university administrators or trustees “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to shared governance.” 

Idaho State University Suspension Of Faculty Senate Unjustified

In February, the Idaho State Board of Education (which governs public higher education in the state) voted unanimously to suspend the faculty senate at Idaho State University, on the recommendation of ISU president Arthur C. Vailas, and directed the president to “implement an interim faculty advisory structure.” In justifying its decision, the board referred to an “impasse” between the administration and the senate following several years of conflict over issues of academic governance that culminated in a faculty vote of no confidence in Vailas one week before the board meeting.

Governance Conference

The AAUP’s annual governance conference was held November 11–13, 2011, in Washington, DC. The conference included training workshops for faculty leaders from around the country as well as presentations of papers and research. Workshops focused on ways to make faculty senates effective, the relationship between collective bargaining units and faculty governance bodies, the impact of the US Supreme Court’s Garcetti decision on governance, and how faculty governance bodies can analyze institutional budgets.

Governing Board’s Ouster of University of Virginia President

The AAUP's Annual Meeting passed a resolution expressing its deep concern over the action of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors. 

AAUP Investigating Governance Issues at UVA

On June 8, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors asked for and obtained the resignation of Teresa Sullivan from the presidency of the university without explanation to her, the other chief administrative officers, or the university’s faculty and student body of the specific grounds for its displeasure with her performance.


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