2014 News

03.12.2014 | Purdue Merger Teaches us all a Harsh Lesson

“The faculty is being asked to trust an administration that keeps saying one thing and doing another,” said AAUP member David Detmer. “No specifics on costs, timelines or anything remotely resembling a plan has been put forth, yet we are asked to cheer on such a vague plan as if it were a can’t-miss venture, when it is anything but.”

03.11.2014 | University of Cincinnati Professors Approve New Contract by More than 9 to 1 Margin

“This contract is a step in the right direction. As UC moves into its Third Century, much work remains if our university is to attract and retain the quality faculty necessary to compete as a top research and teaching university," AAUP-UC President Greg Loving said.

03.10.2014 | Maryland Bill that Would Bar Participation in Boycott of Israel Goes too Far

This Washington Post editorial weighs in on academic boycotts legislation, citing the AAUP's position.

03.07.2014 | Johns Hopkins U. Plans Its First Policy on Academic Freedom

The panel’s deliberations promise to add a chapter to a long history of academic freedom at Johns Hopkins, sometimes referred to as the birthplace of the AAUP. It was there that a philosophy professor named Arthur O. Lovejoy organized an early meeting of the group that would become the AAUP in 1915.

03.07.2014 | Academic Freedom in Spotlight

This op/ed in a Singapore newspaper states, "The 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure by the AAUP is regularly cited in legal cases involving academic freedom. An AAUP interpretive comment from the 1970 update of the 1940 statement noted that "controversy is at the heart of the free academic inquiry which the entire statement is designed to foster."

03.06.2014 | Kansas Faculty Release Social Media Policy Draft

"The policy closely adheres to the AAUPs' 1940 Statement of Principles, which states faculty members "should be free from institutional censorship or discipline" but also mindful that they speak as individuals, not representatives of their institutions."

03.05.2014 | Bargaining Moves Downtown As PSU Faculty Set Strike Authorization Vote

“I’ve never seen the faculty more ready to strike. I mean they are so alienated, and sort of dissatisfied with how they’ve been treated by the administration. That - we could strike tomorrow, I feel like everybody’s ready to go, because it’s now or never. We want to stop the erosion of higher ed, and this is our attempt to do it,” said AAUP member Randy Blazak.

03.05.2014 | Students and Educators Call on Ohio Lawmakers to Restore Need-Based College Aid

"There is no excuse for an academic system in Ohio that punishes with that kind of crippling financial burden," said John McNay, president of the Ohio AAUP Conference. "We need the legislature and governor to refocus their commitment on having truly public institutions of higher education."