2014 News

07.21.2014 | New Politics of Partner Benefits

Saranna Thornton, chair of the AAUPs’ Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession, said AAUP guidelines on family responsibilities and academic work say institutions should strive to create academic communities in which “all members are treated equitably, families are supported, and family-care concerns are regarded as legitimate and important."
 

07.11.2014 | The One Percent: The Corporatizion of American Higher Education

Using the AAUP's annual salary report, this Forbes article reports that "student debt and low-wage faculty labor rose faster at state schools with the highest paid presidents than the national average."

07.09.2014 | In a Fight for More Funds, Professors Quantify Colleges’ Neglect of Instruction

Read about how AAUP budget analysis has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.

06.25.2014 | A Lesson in Disparity

"When a college or university president has an annual salary 50 times what some faculty and staff earn, the institution delivers a powerful message about its values," writes AAUP past president Cary Nelson.

06.25.2014 | Tenure helps protect teachers from political whims

"By 1915, The AAUP set in motion what is academic freedom or tenure. Without union backing, tenure for Georgia public school teachers is a joke. Teachers can get fired because the superintendent’s niece needs a job as easily as they can for advocating for their school’s music program."

06.23.2014 | The Price of Confucius Institutes

This Washington Post editorial states, "But academic freedom cannot have a price tag. Universities should publish their agreements to show there is no possibility of Chinese discrimination and suppression. If they can’t or won’t do so, the programs should end."

06.20.2014 | A Win for Free Speech

Aaron Nisenson, senior counsel for the AAUP, said he viewed the decision positively in that it noted that speech of public employees shouldn't simply be deemed to lack First Amendment protection because it relates to job duties. "The fact that the employee gained the information from his or her employment does not render the speech unprotected," he said. "This expands the rights of employees at public institutions."

 

06.19.2014 | Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnpiac University

There was "no faculty inclusion in these decisions," AAUP's Irene Mulvey said, "and that’s the problem for us. The normative standards of the profession would be that educational considerations require meaningful participation by the faculty in these kinds of decisions."

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