State Governments

ABOR Legislation

Information about bills introduced in state legislatures around the country as part of the campaign for a so-called Academic Bill of Rights.

Threat to Academic Freedom in Virginia

7/6/10 Update: A Pennsylvania State University investigative committee cleared Michael Mann of ethical misconduct.  

"We Are Ohio” Gathers Record Number of Signatures

7/22 Update: Yesterday, the Ohio Secretary of State announced that the repeal of SB 5 will be on the ballot in November. More than 900,000 signatures were validated from all 88 counties.

AAUP Statement on Indiana Right-to-Work Law

The AAUP stands behind the right of all employee groups to decide for themselves whether to bargain collectively. 

It’s Not Much Fun to Lose Your Name

AAUP President Cary Nelson issued  a statement today about a proposed plan by an appointed commission suggesting that Rutgers-Camden be broken away from Rutgers University and merged with Rowan University.

Academic Leaders to Testify in Favor of Faculty Collective Bargaining Rights

The AAUP has long held that faculty members and graduate employees at public and private institutions are entitled to choose whether to engage in collective bargaining.

Opposition to Proposed Restructuring at Rutgers–Camden

Students, faculty, and staff at Rutgers University–Camden are protesting a planned move that would sever their campus from the statewide Rutgers system and merge it with Rowan University twenty miles to the south. Proponents of the change, including New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, say it is meant to help promote higher education opportunities in the southern part of the state. Opponents, including the Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters, say the move may be meant only to enhance the image of Rowan’s medical school when it opens later this year.

Government Relations

The AAUP's government relations program tracks legislation that is relevant to our mission at both the federal and state levels. We also communicate legislative information to members and encourage them to become active in the issues affecting higher education in general and faculty in particular.

AAUP Opposes "Pay It Forward" Tuition Plan

The American Association of University Professors has signed on to a statement opposing the proposed “Pay It Forward” tuition plan, in which students would not pay up front for a public college education, but instead pay a percentage of their income for about twenty-five years following graduation.

From the Editor: Doing More to Make Ourselves Heard

When my colleagues and I in the Virginia conference of the AAUP began holding an annual “Advocacy Day” at the state legislature in 2003, what we heard most often from our elected representatives was their surprise to learn that faculty members have a voice separate from that of university presidents. Accustomed as we are to arguing with our presidents, we were surprised that this fact was surprising to our legislators. The lesson learned was that we needed to do more to make ourselves heard.

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