2015 AAUP In the News

06.08.2015 | Faculty Uneasy About Working at UW After Cuts

“To say they’re trying to improve higher education while dramatically reducing its funding is like telling me you’re trying to improve your car by downsizing to a beater,” said Henry Reichman, chairman of the AAUP's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. “It might run, but don’t tell me it’s the same as a new Lexus.” 

06.04.2015 | Wisconsin’s Fight Over Faculty Rights: What’s at Stake, and What’s Next

The AAUP urged system officials on Wednesday to fight the legislation and keep current state law intact. The group's letter to them called the proposed changes in faculty-employment rights, along with a proposed $250-million reduction in the system’s state appropriation, "a direct attack on higher education as a public good."

06.04.2015 | National Focus on UW System Sharpening Over Tenure, Governance

"I'm not aware of any state that has gone this far. ...I can't imagine anybody taking a job there unless they can't get a job anywhere else. People who can leave, would leave," AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum told the Journal Sentinel.

06.01.2015 | Wisconsin Lawmakers Take Aim at Tenure and Shared Governance

Taken together, the proposed changes in tenure and shared governance represent a broad attack on academic freedom, said Rudy H. Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP. If faculty members can’t help determine the budget and spending priorities at their campus, they are losing the ability to set the academic direction of the institution.

05.27.2015 | Professors Face Long Odds in Court Battles Over Speech Rights

"A lot of cases that would otherwise be successful are settled by colleges and universities before they go to court," said Aaron Nisenson, senior counsel at the AAUP. Often, he said, the cases that end up getting heard by courts are "the difficult ones."

05.21.2015 | What's Casually Cast Aside?

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum argued that the dangers that get the most airtime “pale in comparison to what have become the two greatest threats to academic freedom: the growing use of faculty who are hired on contingent contracts, and rising student debt."

05.19.2015 | The American University - Trouble in Paradise?

A Business Standard India asks, "When I got off the call I was puzzled. A four-year undergraduate programme in a university like the one where my friend teaches can cost the student at least $100,000. Why were such universities denying their adjunct professors such basic things like medical assistance, considering how expensive medical care in America is?"

05.19.2015 | Did an Oil Tycoon Try to Get Researchers Fired?

Jordan Kurland, associate general secretary of the AAUP told CBS MoneyWatch that his organization is celebrating its centennial, and "it's this kind of thing that was the main reason for our creation." Such pressures may discourage professors from tackling controversial topics, he said.

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