Promoting Shared Governance

Since 1916, the AAUP has been ensuring meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance.

The AAUP Committee on College and University Governance composed its first statement on the subject in 1920, emphasizing the importance of faculty involvement in personnel decisions, selection of administrators, preparation of the budget, and determination of educational policies. Refinements were introduced in subsequent years, culminating in the development of the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.The AAUP staff provides advice and assistance to faculty members throughout the country on matters of academic governance.

The staff also receives, on behalf of the Committee on College and University Governance, complaints of departures from the Association's recommended standards in this area. In 1991, the Association's Council made it possible for an AAUP annual meeting to sanction an institution for "substantial noncompliance with standards of academic governance." See the list of sanctioned institutions.

The AAUP offers an award to recognize outstanding contributions to shared governance by administrators or trustees, and administers a memorial fund used to support lectures on academic freedom and shared governance at Association conferences.  

Read more about shared governance.