2014 News

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."

03.07.2014 | 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.

03.06.2014 | 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."

02.28.2014 | Kansas AAUP Pushing for Stronger Patent Rights for Faculty

Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Kansas Conference AAUP president, said the university has every right to patent inventions that faculty create in the course of university research. The problem for him is that mandatory university contracts on intellectual property are binding through the entire year, including the summers, when many faculty leave.

02.28.2014 | PSU Faculty Protest, Get Student Support

Hundreds of Portland State University professors and students rallied Thursday to gain support for a new contract. Also, see Epoch Times KOIN 6, and Northwest Cable News for a video and more pictures.

02.26.2014 | Termination of 55 Programs Made in Haste

The executive committee of the University of Akron AAUP wrote a letter to the editor expressing disappointed that the paper would endorse the proposed termination of 55 programs. The decision to terminate was made in haste, without faculty input, without an indication of where funds might be reallocated, and without even clear explanations for which programs were singled out.

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