AAUP Updates

New analysis identifies areas where the Department of Education’s final Title IX regulations advance equity goals and where they fall short.

The AAUP has joined 227 organizations signing onto a letter urging the US Department of Education to release its hardship proposal on student debt relief in order to ease the financial burdens faced by student borrows and their families. The Department of Education's Notice of Proposed Rulemarking would provide student debt relief to student loan borrowers experiencing hardship and provide an outline for the Biden administration to continue its mission of student debt relief nationwide.

The AAUP has joined other education organizations in endorsing the bicameral Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act of 2024, which would nearly double the maximum amount afforded to recipients and ensure greater access to higher ed for working families and students.

The report describes key institutional finance trends in US higher education and documents the ongoing shift in the makeup of the academic workforce from mostly full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members to mostly faculty members holding contingent appointments that are ineligible for tenure. 

Key findings on compensation include the following. From fall 2022 to fall 2023, nominal average salaries for full-time faculty members increased 3.8 percent for all academic ranks combined. However, real average salaries for full-time faculty members are nowhere near prepandemic levels. Economic conditions remain dire for part-time faculty members, who make up just under half (48.7 percent) of the academic workforce. In 2022–23, part-time faculty members earned an average of $3,903 per three-credit course section. 

Delegates to the AAUP's Biennial Association Meeting voted today for new officers and two at-large members of the AAUP's governing Council. A warm welcome to incoming president Todd Wolfson, vice president Rotua Lumbantobing, secretary-treasurer Danielle Aubert, and at-large Council members Paul Davis and Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Today, the AAUP’s newly created Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom announced the appointments of fifteen fellows who will examine the evolving threats to academic freedom and institutional autonomy in American higher education over the next two years.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 06/27/2024  |  Inside Higher Ed

For an industry that employs four million Americans and attempts to educate 15 million more, higher education is, strangely, routinely ignored in presidential elections. But there’s hope for 2024, though not for the best of reasons. IHE asked a range of higher ed leaders, thinkers, reformers and skeptics what they’d ask Biden, Trump or both candidates if CNN magically handed them the microphone.

Here are some of their sharpest questions: 

"The U.S. has a world-class public education system, but states’ divestment in public universities has resulted in higher tuition rates, worsening racial inequalities and preventing many from a path of upward mobility. How can we maintain and extend excellence in public higher education while making college and university affordable for a broad swath of U.S. society?" Rotua Lumbantobing, vice president of the AAUP.

Fri, 06/21/2024  |  Inside Higher Ed

An attorney defending Florida's STOP WOKE Act argued that a state can “insist that professors not offer—or espouse, I should say, and endorse—viewpoints that are contrary to the state’s.”

But AAUP Risa Lieberwitz, general counsel for the AAUP, says: “the state of Florida is making an extreme argument about the First Amendment that would eliminate academic freedom completely in the classroom, and that is an argument without merit under the First Amendment.”

Tue, 05/28/2024  |  KOCO 5 News

"What this sends is a very strong message that OU is going to do minimal and certainly doesn’t seem to have anybody’s back," Michael Givel, an OU professor and member of the OU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said. 

"DEI, the words need to be reinstated. We’re engaging in cancel culture here. We need to reinstate all the programs that have been canceled."

Thu, 05/23/2024  |  Open Campus

“The message is that these politicians are entitled to have authority over what happens on a college campus,” said Irene Mulvey, president of the American Association of University Professors. “And that’s just unacceptable in a free society. It’s really … political repression.”

Mulvey condemned antisemitism but said it is being weaponized by bad actors to delegitimize higher education as a pillar of democracy.

“The only thing to do as a college president in this situation is to stand on principle and give a robust, full-throated defense of academic freedom for faculty, and free speech and freedom of the press and freedom of association for their students,” she said.

Upcoming Events

August 1, 2024 to August 4, 2024

Registration is now open for the 2024 Summer Institute, which will be held August 1–4 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

October 25, 2024 to October 26, 2024

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

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