• Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships, an AAUP report published in book form by the AAUP Foundation, is now available for purchase from booksellers and the University of Illinois Press.

  • In addition to annual reports, updated lists of officers and AAUP committee lists, this year’s Bulletin contains a case report of an investigation that led to censure as well as four new or revised policy documents.

  • The AAUP has turned 100! Join us as we celebrate the Association’s work to defend academic freedom and look ahead to the next century.

AAUP Elections

The Association’s 2014 Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2015.

Academic Freedom

Allowing any third-party control of academic matters is inconsistent with principles of academic freedom, shared governance, and the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities. Confucius Institutes function as an arm of the Chinese state and are allowed to ignore these principles.

Organizing

Nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified in July by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job.

Resources

  • Academe Magazine
    Feature articles, columns, and book reviews exploring developments in higher education.
  • Redbook
    The AAUP's key reports and policy documents.
  • Salary Survey
    The AAUP's annual report on faculty compensation.
  • Guidebooks
    Advice on navigating faculty handbooks, the FMLA, and more.

This accomplishment assures equitable access to health insurance, which will profoundly affect the lives of dedicated adjuncts, many of whom have been teaching core courses for decades. Qualified CUNY adjuncts will now be able to receive their basic health insurance through the City Health Benefits Program, on an equitable basis with full-time CUNY employees

The Association’s 2014 Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2015.

For colleges and universities, federal recognition of their accrediting body is essential. Federal student loans are available only to students attending institutions that have been accredited by a federally recognized accrediting body. Read the ISU AAUP Chapter's press release to learn more.

A report that the University of Illinois has withdrawn a job offer to a professor in response to his controversial comments on Twitter is troubling, say AAUP leaders in a statement released today. If the report is accurate, there is good reason to fear that academic freedom has been violated.

The EMU-chapter of the AAUP has repeatedly called on Administration and the Board of Regents to sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority. Governor Rick Snyder's administration created the EAA to take over the lowest performing districts in Michigan, with a mandate to enact rapid academic improvement.

"Whether the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign violated the academic-freedom rights of Steven G. Salaita, an Israel critic denied a job there, is likely to depend on whether campus administrators had previously made Mr. Salaita a formal job offer and whether his tweeted views on Israel were the reason they revoked it, two top officials of the AAUP said in a statement issued on Thursday."

"When more and more universities spend time and resources hiring senior administrators and raising tuition, they devalue teaching and teachers, as well as create strained learning conditions for the most important demographic of any school: students."

"I think that (the AAUP statement) transformed this from a local debate in which people they didn’t really like were telling them something they didn’t want to hear, to something that was part of a major national issue," said Bruce Lincoln, the Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at Chicago.

October 11, 2014

AAUP union members will meet again in the Northeast this fall to share their experiences and to brainstorm new strategies for building faculty power and leverage on their campuses.

October 31, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

November 14, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee

November 15, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Council.

The Bulletin of the AAUP brings together in one volume the previous academic year’s academic freedom and tenure and governance investigative reports, standing committee and ad hoc subcommittee reports, new policy documents and revisions to previously published documents, and selected annual reports of the Association and other relevant business materials.

The AAUP's National office will be closed on Monday, September 1,  in observance of Labor Day.

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The total number of ballots received in the AAUP election was 4,501. There were 68 ballots voided. The total number of ballots counted was 4,433. See the complete results!