2014 News

10.28.2013 | Western Michigan University Professors' Union Votes to Censure Provost Tim Greene

"I don't think anybody wanted it to come to this," said Lisa Minnick, president of the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. "This is people at their wit's end."

10.28.2013 | 'Ideological Exclusion' Again?

A British human rights activist has been waiting more than 19 months for a visa to travel to the United States...“There’s nothing we can think of that would justify his denial of a visa, or this kind of delay,” said Nusrat Choudhury, a staff lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which joined with the American Association of University Professors and the PEN American Center in sending a letter last week on Yildiz’s behalf to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security. 

10.25.2013 | Wellness Plans, Retirement and Adjunct Health Care

"Hopefully, the rest of them with read up on the Penn State disaster before they make the same kind of mistakes” in implementing wellness plans, said Brian Curran, professor of art history at Penn State and president of the American Association of University Professors advocacy chapter.

10.17.2013 | Collegiality Not an 'Implied' Tenure Criterion

Greg Scholtz, director of tenure, academic freedom and governance at the American Association of University Professors, said the organization historically opposes collegiality as a fourth tenure criterion, mainly due to the potential constraints it puts on academic freedom. It can encourage homogeneity and chill debate and discussion, AAUP says.

10.14.2013 | Making Wellness Work at Penn State

On Sept. 26, the University Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly to repudiate the Penn State administration’s ill-conceived "Take Care of Your Health" program, with its intrusive questionnaire...mandatory "health screenings" by third-party medical technicians, and regressive penalties for noncompliance.

10.11.2013 | Who Holds the Rights?

Faculty must defend their rights to their intellectual property, which are increasingly under threat, according to a draft report released Thursday by the American Association of University Professors.

10.10.2013 | Rutgers Professors Fight Deal to Offer Online Degrees

AAUP member Deepa Kumar said professors have several concerns about the deal, including that it will lead to the hiring of part-time staff to teach online classes. Faculty members concerned about academic freedom also questioned a section of the contract that allows Pearson to remove online course materials it considers inappropriate. Read the resolution.

10.09.2013 | How to Get College Tuition Under Control

In the past decade, college tuition has risen three times as fast as the consumer-price index and twice as fast as medical care.How can that be—and what can be done about it? To answer those questions, The Wall Street Journal invited three economists, including AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum, to discuss the issue.

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