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Active AAUP chapters serve the profession at over 450 accredited colleges and universities. While all AAUP chapters promote basic academic freedom, quality education, and other core AAUP principles, additional chapter activities are determined by campus activities and needs.

Many AAUP chapters take an active role in campus politics, in conjunction with faculty senates or separately. Some work with other local AAUP chapters on state-level issues. Some serve as collective bargaining agents for faculty and other academic professionals on campus. Chapters often hold forums on topics such as salary equity or the tenure process, host social events, and bring in invited speakers. Many produce newsletters or Web sites.

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