Shared Governance


Although the right of professors to evaluate and grade students in their courses may seem obvious, teachers sometimes face the prospect of students who refuse to accept the grade they have received.

Promoting Shared Governance

Since 1916, the AAUP has been working to ensure meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance. Our first statement on the subject, emphasizing faculty involvement in personnel decisions, selection of administrators, budgeting, and determination of educational policies, was published in 1920.

Today,  AAUP staff and leaders provide advice and assistance to faculty members throughout the country on matters of academic governance. And our Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities is academia's central policy document relating to governance.

Faculty Adrift

What Ever Happened to the Faculty? Drift and Decision in Higher Education. Mary Burgan. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006 (paperback edition, 2009).

Faculty Unions and Governance

The AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress today issued this statement in response to the Association of Governing Boards’ newly released "Statement on Institutional Governance."

Securing the Three-Legged Stool

No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom. Cary Nelson. New York: New York University Press, 2010

A Mission of Amenities, Not Education

Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University. Gaye Tuchman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009

Faculty in Action at Bowie State

Faculty members at Bowie State University in Maryland were concerned early this fall when a new provost, Stacey Franklin Jones, began reorganizing the staff in preparation for programmatic academic changes and demoted or removed some staff members, and faculty serving in staff positions, without appropriate notice or due process. Members of the faculty report that she went on to circumvent established governance bodies and to use informal meetings with selected faculty members to launch new academic initiatives, such as first- and second-year experience programs.

Idaho Board Unjustified in Axing Faculty Senate

This not only violates fundamental principles of academic governance but poorly serves the teaching and research mission of the university.

Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli Receives AAUP’s Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance

The Brown Award is given to American college or university administrators or trustees “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to shared governance.” 

Governance Conference

The AAUP’s annual governance conference was held November 11–13, 2011, in Washington, DC. The conference included training workshops for faculty leaders from around the country as well as presentations of papers and research. Workshops focused on ways to make faculty senates effective, the relationship between collective bargaining units and faculty governance bodies, the impact of the US Supreme Court’s Garcetti decision on governance, and how faculty governance bodies can analyze institutional budgets.


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