2015 AAUP In the News

11.10.2014 | Students Nationwide Protest Corporate Influence on Universities

"You know, it amounts to the Koch brothers' foundation basically trying to buy a position on the faculty. And that certainly is a threat to academic freedom," Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP, told NPR.

11.05.2014 | National Conversation On Adjunct Professors, Part-Time Faculty Continues

“It is about fair treatment and respect, so that they can teach their courses and help their students,” Susan Michalczyk, AAUP second vice-president, said. “Benefits, salary, knowing one has a job, are all serious concerns.”

11.04.2014 | Forget Sports, Focus on Academics

According to an April report by the AAUP, education does not seem to be the number-one priority of many universities. The AAUP report shows that spending for athletics at four-year public universities increased from 2004 to 2011 by approximately 24.8 percent. Meanwhile, spending on academic support remained stagnant, and research expenditures actually decreased.

10.30.2014 | The Syllabus: Digging into UNCG's budget

AAUP-CBC Chair Howard Bunsis examines the University of North Carolina-Greensboro's budget in detail. Read the story and download the .pdf to see the entire presentation.

10.29.2014 | Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology

"It is quite telling -- really quite a condemnation of the industry -- that 96 percent of faculty believe that if an institution is going to offer online courses, the faculty at that institution should develop the curriculum, and only 4 percent think it should be outsourced," said Craig R. Vasey, chair of the AAUP's Committee on Teaching, Research and Publication.

10.23.2014 | AAUP Comes to SHU

The addition of an AAUP chapter to Seton Hall’s campus will allow for the promotion of the “values of academic freedom on our campus, including full freedom for professors in research and publication, freedom in the classroom to discuss their subject, along with respect for the opinion of others,” said the new chapter's president Roseanne Mirabella.

10.23.2014 | Freedom to Comply

This op/ed about the importance of academic freedom cites the 1940 Statement.  "The fact remains that academic freedom is an inherent right of academia. In 1940, the AAUP released a Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, stating 'Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research.'"

10.16.2014 | Tenure: A Path to Academic Freedom

Longtime AAUP member Jacqueline  Wilkie  explains the importance of this process for the institution, individual faculty, and the students themselves.