2015 AAUP In the News

09.22.2015 | With Football Team in turmoil, Rutgers Community Weary of Scandals

"This has been going on for years and years," said anthropology professor David Hughes, president of the AAUP-AFT faculty union, in a phone interview Thursday. "That's why faculty is so disillusioned with the athletic department. ... Faculty gets treated like second-class citizens when we do important work too, you know?"

09.18.2015 | Report Found Rutgers Football Coach in Violation of University Policy

President Barchi making his report public was “tremendously important in terms of restoring the reputation of the university. Also, we called for President Barchi to reaffirm academic freedom. He did that,” said AAUP chapter president David Hughes.

09.18.2015 | 4 Hiring Trends that Harm Students, Faculty

“Less money is spent on instruction and more is spent supporting administrative expenses. What we’re also seeing is growth of administrators, and we’re seeing faster salary growth for administrative pay. We’ve seen a real shift in priorities,” said Rudy H. Fichtenbaum, AAUP president

09.17.2015 | Valuing the Faculty

Who needs the faculty? A new working paper by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a coalition of faculty unions and other academic associations, asks that question and answers resoundingly that face time with faculty members is key to student success. Unfortunately, it says, colleges and universities continue to divert funds away from instruction in an attempt to cut costs -- a strategy that actually hurts them in the long run.

09.16.2015 | Some Faculty Want More Say in UI Background-Check Policy

"The resolution asks the board to delay the implementation of the policy, saying it doesn't meet AAUP standards and is not mentioned in all active job postings. Many of the postings were made before the policy was approved, meaning applicants who have already applied may not be aware of it."

09.15.2015 | Why Trigger Warnings Are Really So Controversial, Explained

"There are probably more articles on the internet arguing about trigger warnings on college syllabuses than there are actual trigger warnings on college syllabuses." This article gives an overview and links to the AAUP's statement On Trigger Warnings.

09.15.2015 | ISU, UNI Faculty Groups Back UI 'No Confidence' Votes

"The statements — which were issued by the chapters of the AAUP at both universities — criticized the process by which the regents came unanimously to approve the hire of former IBM executive Bruce Harreld as UI's 21st president."

09.10.2015 | The University of Dallas' Hard Glass Ceiling

Reporter Eric Nicholson writes, "Even if the school does follow through, it will take a while to rebuild trust with those who feel like they've gotten a raw deal. That process wasn't helped by the school's sudden failure, right after the commission finished analyzing university-provided salary data, to report salary data to the AAUP, as basically every respectable college and university does.