AAUP Policies & Reports

08.13.2014 | Report of the Annual Meeting, 2014

From June 11 to 15, 2014, the AAUP hosted its One Hundredth Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Concurrent with the annual meeting was the AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education, which included plenary addresses and presentations on current issues confronting the academic community. The AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress also held its annual business meeting in conjunction with the AAUP annual meeting.

08.13.2014 | Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2013–14

The 2013–14 Committee A report includes both judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. In 2013–14, one administration was censured, and Committee A was delegated the authority to remove another from the censure list once continuing positive developments were validated. Committee A also closed its investigation of another institution because of favorable administrative progress.

08.23.2013 | Agency Fee Audits

The AAUP agency fee audits are posted here as they become available.

07.01.2013 | Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2012–13

The 2012–13 Committee A report includes both judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. In 2011–12, three institutions were placed on the list of censured administrations, and none were removed. In 2012–13, two administrations were censured, and two others were removed from the censure list. In one case, however, positive developments subsequent to our investigation led the committee to defer any recommendation on censure and instead to monitor developments and report back to the annual meeting in June 2014.

07.01.2013 | Report of the Committee on College and University Governance, 2012–13

The Committee on College and University Governance has been active in three areas this past year: a governance investigation at the University of Virginia, the publication of three policy statements, and the holding of a governance conference last fall.

07.01.2013 | Report of the Annual Meeting, 2013

From June 12 to 16, 2013, the AAUP hosted the Ninety-ninth Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Concurrent with the annual meeting was the AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education, which included plenary addresses and presentations on current issues confronting the academic community.

07.01.2012 | Report of the Annual Meeting, 2012

From June 13 to 17, the AAUP hosted the Ninety-eighth Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Concurrent with the annual meeting was the AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education, which included keynote addresses and presentations on current issues in higher education. Keynote speeches were delivered by Mary L. Washington, a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly; Mark Gaston Pearce, chair of the National Labor Relations Board; Gamelyn F. Oduardo Sierra,a recent graduate of the University of Puerto Rico’s law school who has been active in defending public higher education; and French professors Katherine Kolb and Margaret Marshall, who spoke about their experiences at Southeastern Louisiana University.

07.01.2012 | Records of the Council

Records of AAUP Council meetings can be found here.

07.01.2012 | Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2011–12

The 2011–12 Committee A report includes a typical combination of judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. While the balance between impositions and removals varies from year to year, the contrast between 2010–11 and 2011–12 is striking. In 2010–11, only one administration was censured, and two institutions were removed from the list of censured administrations. In 2011–12, three administrations were censured, and there were no removals.

07.01.2012 | Report of the Committee on College and University Governance, 2011–12

The major activity of the Committee on College and University Governance this past year was the holding of the second annual AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops. The event took place November 11–13, 2011, in Washington, DC,and was attended by well over two hundred people. The governance committee took advantage of this event to meet both immediately before and after the conference to discuss other items of business.

03.21.2012 | AAUP Audit Reports

Audited reports of the AAUP's financial statements from the past three years.

08.12.2011 | Report of the Annual Conference, 2011

The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, held June 8–11, 2011, in Washington, DC, featured four days of presentations on pressing issues in higher education, along with expert-led workshops, keynote addresses, and AAUP annual meeting business sessions.

07.01.2011 | Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2010–11

The 2010–11 report of Committee A includes an important mix of judicial and legislative business. In this introduction, I want to highlight two achievements, one judicial and the other legislative. Acting on the recommendations of Committee A with the concurrence of the Council, the 2011 annual meeting voted to remove the University of New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans from the list of censured administrations. Following the removals of Southern University at New Orleans by the 2008 annual meeting and of Tulane University by the 2009 annual meeting, these two additional removals mean that all of the New Orleans universities censured in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have provided appropriate redress to affected faculty members and their regulations are now in compliance with standards supported by the AAUP. The AAUP’s prompt investigations and reports following Hurricane Katrina and the ultimate removals of censure completed this year constitute one of the most significant accomplishments in the history of the AAUP.

07.01.2011 | Report of the Committee on College and University Governance, 2010–11

Issues of governance continue to beat the heart of the AAUP’s concerns and activities. Attacks on legitimate faculty involvement in college and university governance have resulted not only in increasing challenges to the role of faculty senates, especially in regard to restructuring and program elimination, but also in efforts to deny faculty the right to engage in collective bargaining.

08.11.2010 | Report of the Annual Conference, 2010

The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, held June 9–12, 2010, in Washington, D.C., featured four days of presentations on pivotal questions in higher education, in addition to keynote addresses and AAUP annual meeting business sessions.

07.01.2010 | Report of the Committee on College and University Governance, 2009–10

Issues of shared governance have always been central to the AAUP’s concerns, and at no time have these issues been more critical than during the present economic crisis. Too often administrations have used the recent economic recession to justify layoffs, furloughs, and restructuring without involving faculty in the decision making process. In these circumstances, the president and general secretary of the Association in the past year authorized the first face-to-face meeting of the Committee on College and University Governance since 2006. In addition to a meeting held in Washington on April 2–3, 2010, the committee also met by conference call on May 18, 2009, and on May 5, 2010, and during these meetings considered various ways of highlighting the importance of involving faculty in college and university governance. Without such involvement, crucial decisions affecting faculty members’ ability to carry out their teaching and research functions are made without adequate consideration of academic concerns.

07.01.2010 | Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2009–10

This 2009–10 Committee A report indicates the range of issues the committee addressed and the variety of activities it undertook during the past academic year. The removal and imposition of censure cases dealt with financial exigency and academic due process. The sample of cases settled through staff mediation included late and blanket notices of nonreappointment, threatened salary reductions based on novel “performance standards,” suspension and threatened dismissal following post-tenure review, and misunderstandings regarding the evaluation of a visiting professor. These matters involved a variety of institutions throughout the United States, private as well as public universities, medical schools, and a historically black college

Annual and Business Reports

08.13.2014 | Report of the Annual Meeting, 2014

From June 11 to 15, 2014, the AAUP hosted its One Hundredth Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Concurrent with the annual meeting was the AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education, which included plenary addresses and presentations on current issues confronting the academic community. The AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress also held its annual business meeting in conjunction with the AAUP annual meeting.

08.13.2014 | Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2013–14

The 2013–14 Committee A report includes both judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. In 2013–14, one administration was censured, and Committee A was delegated the authority to remove another from the censure list once continuing positive developments were validated. Committee A also closed its investigation of another institution because of favorable administrative progress.

08.23.2013 | Agency Fee Audits

The AAUP agency fee audits are posted here as they become available.

College and University Governance Reports

2013 | College and University Governance: The University of Virginia Governing Board’s Attempt to Remove the President

This report documents a major breakdown in governance at UVA, focusing on the role of the board of visitors and its rector, Helen Dragas, who initiated the effort to force the president’s resignation. It finds that the events at the university resulted from “a failure by those charged with institutional oversight to understand the institution over which they presided and to engage with the administration and the faculty in an effort to be well informed.”

2011 | College and University Governance: Idaho State University

Report, prepared by the Association’s staff, concerning the decision by the Idaho State Board of Education to suspend the operation and bylaws of the faculty senate at Idaho State University and to direct ISU president Arthur C. Vailas to “implement an interim faculty advisory structure.”

2011 | College and University Governance: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Report concerning the action taken in summer 2007 by the board of trustees and the administration of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to suspend the faculty senate and replace it with a “transitional structure of faculty governance.”

Standing Committee and Subcommittee Reports

2014 | On Partnerships with Foreign Governments: The Case of Confucius Institutes

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.

2014 | Defending the Freedom to Innovate: Faculty Intellectual Property Rights after Stanford v. Roche

Tensions over control of the fruits of faculty scholarship have been slowly building since the 1980s and have intensified over the last three years. There have long been differences of opinion over ownership of patentable inventions, but recently a number of universities have categorically asserted that they own the products of faculty research. And there is increasing institutional interest in declaring ownership of faculty intellectual property subject to copyright—most notably evident in demands that faculty members cede ownership of online courses and other instructional materials to their universities, a trend that began escalating in the 2012–13 academic year.

2014 | Statement on Intellectual Property

The management of inventions, patents, and other forms of intellectual property in a university setting warrants special guidance because it bears on so many aspects of the university’s core missions, values, and functions, including academic freedom, scholarship, research, shared governance, and the transmission and use of academic knowledge by the broader society.