2013 AAUP In the News

10.25.2013 | Wellness Plans, Retirement and Adjunct Health Care

"Hopefully, the rest of them with read up on the Penn State disaster before they make the same kind of mistakes” in implementing wellness plans, said Brian Curran, professor of art history at Penn State and president of the American Association of University Professors advocacy chapter.

10.17.2013 | Collegiality Not an 'Implied' Tenure Criterion

Greg Scholtz, director of tenure, academic freedom and governance at the American Association of University Professors, said the organization historically opposes collegiality as a fourth tenure criterion, mainly due to the potential constraints it puts on academic freedom. It can encourage homogeneity and chill debate and discussion, AAUP says.

10.14.2013 | Making Wellness Work at Penn State

On Sept. 26, the University Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly to repudiate the Penn State administration’s ill-conceived "Take Care of Your Health" program, with its intrusive questionnaire...mandatory "health screenings" by third-party medical technicians, and regressive penalties for noncompliance.

10.11.2013 | Who Holds the Rights?

Faculty must defend their rights to their intellectual property, which are increasingly under threat, according to a draft report released Thursday by the American Association of University Professors.

10.10.2013 | Rutgers Professors Fight Deal to Offer Online Degrees

AAUP member Deepa Kumar said professors have several concerns about the deal, including that it will lead to the hiring of part-time staff to teach online classes. Faculty members concerned about academic freedom also questioned a section of the contract that allows Pearson to remove online course materials it considers inappropriate. Read the resolution.

10.09.2013 | Judge Rules for UNI Faculty Union in Dispute Over Buyouts

"Those offers were part of a cost-cutting effort that drew criticism last January from the AAUP."

10.09.2013 | How to Get College Tuition Under Control

In the past decade, college tuition has risen three times as fast as the consumer-price index and twice as fast as medical care.How can that be—and what can be done about it? To answer those questions, The Wall Street Journal invited three economists, including AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum, to discuss the issue.

10.03.2013 | Penn State Offers Health Care Plan Carrot In Place of Stick

Brian Curran, AAUP PSU chapter president, said, "The surcharge was much too severe and arbitrary, and it had the effect of driving many otherwise reluctant, mainly lower-paid employees, into complying with what they considered a very serious violation of their personal privacy."