2014 AAUP In the News

12.04.2014 | Fairfield Lacks Transparency

Fairfield University’s AAUP chapter writes, "A key principle of academic work is a commitment to shared governance. This principle stems from the inescapable interdependence among all the components of a University and requires that faculty members and administrators collaborate on decisions that affect them both or that contribute to the well-being of the University."

12.04.2014 | Senators to Vote on THE General Body Motions at Final Meeting of Semester

The motion about the AAUP states, “that the Syracuse University Senate affirms and adopts the Centennial Declaration of the American Association of University Professors as part of Syracuse University’s guiding principles.” The AAUP Centennial Declaration is a list of 10 points about shared governance, research, engaging communities and other university topics.

12.03.2014 | Washington U. Adjuncts Begin Voting On Union Next Week

Nationwide, the number of adjunct faculty members has risen in recent years as the number of tenured professors has dipped. The American Association of University Professors has called the result a “multi-tier academic labor structure” and “an inequity that cannot be allowed to stand.”

12.03.2014 | National College Faculty Organization to Investigate USM Cuts

"You never know. We’ve had administrations vow they will not talk to us, that we have no standing and we don’t represent the faculty. But those same administrations, when the faculty (panel) visits, do want to sit down and tell their story because they recognize that we represent the gold standard for academic standards in the United States.”

12.01.2014 | Poorest States Cut What Experts Say Could Help the Most: Higher Ed

"The cuts are raising other contentious and disruptive issues. The AAUP said the layoffs of 50 faculty at the University of Southern Maine violate the longstanding traditions of tenure and shared governance on the basis of a budget shortfall some economics faculty dispute."

11.10.2014 | Students Nationwide Protest Corporate Influence on Universities

"You know, it amounts to the Koch brothers' foundation basically trying to buy a position on the faculty. And that certainly is a threat to academic freedom," Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP, told NPR.

11.05.2014 | National Conversation On Adjunct Professors, Part-Time Faculty Continues

“It is about fair treatment and respect, so that they can teach their courses and help their students,” Susan Michalczyk, AAUP second vice-president, said. “Benefits, salary, knowing one has a job, are all serious concerns.”

11.04.2014 | Forget Sports, Focus on Academics

According to an April report by the AAUP, education does not seem to be the number-one priority of many universities. The AAUP report shows that spending for athletics at four-year public universities increased from 2004 to 2011 by approximately 24.8 percent. Meanwhile, spending on academic support remained stagnant, and research expenditures actually decreased.

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