2014 News

06.25.2014 | Tenure helps protect teachers from political whims

"By 1915, The AAUP set in motion what is academic freedom or tenure. Without union backing, tenure for Georgia public school teachers is a joke. Teachers can get fired because the superintendent’s niece needs a job as easily as they can for advocating for their school’s music program."

06.25.2014 | A Lesson in Disparity

"When a college or university president has an annual salary 50 times what some faculty and staff earn, the institution delivers a powerful message about its values," writes AAUP past president Cary Nelson.

06.23.2014 | The Price of Confucius Institutes

This Washington Post editorial states, "But academic freedom cannot have a price tag. Universities should publish their agreements to show there is no possibility of Chinese discrimination and suppression. If they can’t or won’t do so, the programs should end."

06.20.2014 | A Win for Free Speech

Aaron Nisenson, senior counsel for the AAUP, said he viewed the decision positively in that it noted that speech of public employees shouldn't simply be deemed to lack First Amendment protection because it relates to job duties. "The fact that the employee gained the information from his or her employment does not render the speech unprotected," he said. "This expands the rights of employees at public institutions."

 

06.19.2014 | Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnpiac University

There was "no faculty inclusion in these decisions," AAUP's Irene Mulvey said, "and that’s the problem for us. The normative standards of the profession would be that educational considerations require meaningful participation by the faculty in these kinds of decisions."

06.17.2014 | Annual Meeting & Conference Media Coverage

Read a sample of the media coverage our Annual Conference of the State of Higher Education and annual meeting generated.

06.11.2014 | School President: Costly lawsuits still plague B-CU

“This is very much exhibit number one as far as the sense of adopting such procedures to avoid litigation,” said AAUP's Anita Levy. Dealing with lawsuits “certainly detracts from attention to educational matters, the students — it's got to take a lot of the administrators' time.”

06.10.2014 | Top Administrators Out-Earn Knapp

“It has been a trend,” AAUP past president Cary Nelson said. “It’s mirroring the incredible and obscene increases in the salaries of corporate CEOs so that universities are more and more imitating those employers.”

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