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. As I emphasized in my 2010–11 report, the two removals occurred at institutions in New Orleans and completed the removals of all four of the administrations that had been censured in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The three censures imposed this year were of administrations elsewhere in Louisiana.

The work of Committee A in 2011–12 illustrates the extent to which the judicial and legislative activities of Committee A reinforce each other. The reports of Committee A investigating committees that may lead to censure identify departures from AAUP procedural standards, which are often derived from the prior legislative projects of Committee A. Correspondingly, the facts and issues that arise in the course of Committee A investigations may identify matters that prompt additional legislative activity. A large number of recent Committee A investigations involving program closings prompted Committee A to establish a subcommittee on this subject at its June 2011 meeting. Information from ongoing Committee A investigations during 2011–12 was extremely valuable in the preparation, discussion, and revision of the subcommittee’s draft report.

Read the full report here.