2014 News

10.07.2014 | USM plan: Fewer Faculty Members, Teaching More Courses

"The AAUP recommends faculty teach nine hours a week in the classroom for undergraduates, the equivalent of three classes a semester. It recommends six hours, or two classes, for graduate courses."

10.07.2014 | Rider University, Faculty Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement, Avoid Strike

The university expects to vote on the three-year deal by the end of the month, said Kristine Brown, Rider spokeswoman. The union, which represents 621 full- and part-time faculty members, will vote on ratification early next week, said Jeff Halpern, chief negotiator for the Rider AAUP.

10.06.2014 | College Football Coaches' Salaries and Perks are Soaring

"If your mission is to educate students, why are you spending so much money to hire coaches?" said Saranna Thornton, an economics professor at Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) who co-authored the AAUP's April report on the state of professor salaries. "People talk about the rising costs of higher education. But if money is so tight, then why is it being spent on hiring coaches?"

10.02.2014 | Think Tenure Protects You? With Wealthy Donors and Less Public Funding, Think Again

To academics, Salaita’s dismissal two weeks before starting the job is a strike against academic freedom. At least 16 academic departments have voted no confidence in the chancellor, and the American Association of University Professors and the Modern Language Association have taken stands against the university.

09.30.2014 | Bloat driving up UC, Miami costs

Op-ed by John T. McNay, a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College and president of the AAUP's Ohio conference: "A strong faculty is the backbone of any university. But consider the fact that at universities statewide, much of the undergraduate teaching is done by adjuncts who outnumber full-time tenure-track faculty."

09.29.2014 | Chicago to Close Confucius Institute

In June, the American Association of University Professors called on universities to cancel their agreements with Confucius Institutes unless they can renegotiate them to ensure certain terms can be met. The AAUP statement asserted that “North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”

09.24.2014 | Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

"To do research honorably, you have to follow where the data lead," said Cary Nelson, former president of the AAUP. "You have to have the freedom to follow those leads." Asked if he would work under such conditions, Nelson was curt: "No."

09.22.2014 | Why Does College Cost So Much?

“Colleges are trying to showcase their value through visuals like dining halls, palatial new buildings and the ubiquitous rock-climbing walls, not the quality of their professors and programs,” says David Kociemba, chair of AAUP’s Committee for Contingency and the Profession. 

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