2014 News

01.14.2014 | Protecting Faculty Records

The AAUP's Hans-Joerg Tiede said, "As the UCLA statement notes, ‘these requests have increasingly been used for political purposes or to intimidate faculty working on controversial issues.’ Thus, it is highly appropriate for institutions to adopt statements of principles that can provide general guidance to university officers charged with evaluating individual requests for records.”

01.14.2014 | Overuse and Abuse of Adjunct Faculty Members Threaten Core Academic Values

"If left unchecked, it will undermine the university's status as an institution of higher learning because the overuse of adjuncts and their lowly status and compensation institutionalize disincentives to quality education, threaten academic freedom and shared governance, and disqualify the campus as an exemplar of democratic values."

01.10.2014 | National Research Council Panel Seeks Rules Overhaul on Human-Subjects Studies

The system has proved resistant to any significant change since 1981, said Zachary M. Schrag, a professor of history at George Mason University who was an author of a 2012 report on human-subjects rules for the American Association of University Professors. [password required]

01.09.2014 | Dispute Over Climate Scientist's Records Pits Academe Against Media Groups

The AAUP, in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, filed a brief with the court arguing that granting access to the private materials would have a severe chilling effect on scientists and other scholars and researchers.

12.26.2013 | 'We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education'

“We all want to have more students graduate and graduate in a more timely manner,” says Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the American Association of University Professors. “The question is, do you do this by lowering your standards?”

12.23.2013 | State and National Groups Call for Repeal of Regents’ Social Media Policy

"Another public letter, issued by the Kansas conference of the American Association of University Professors, also called on the regents to immediately withdraw the policy 'before any more reputational damage is done to the state's otherwise excellent regents institutions.'"

12.20.2013 | Unfettered Academic Speech: Not Anymore

The AAUP's Anita Levy said the policy "raises significant issues about academic freedom and due process," in part because it gives administrators too much power to subjectively decide what speech crosses the line.

12.19.2013 | Fireable Tweets

"The Kansas rules were adopted the same month that the AAUP issued a draft report on academic freedom in the digital era -- a report calling for as full protection of faculty speech online as in person."

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