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Debt relief for so many is on hold during the appeal of the latest court decision. It is only fair that repayments be on hold during this time, too.

The AAUP warns of potential academic freedom consequences regarding the Department of Education's proposed expansion of a definition of antisemitism under Title VI to encompass political criticisms of the state of Israel.

The AAUP welcomes continued efforts to streamline PSLF and improve college and loan-forgiveness access.

The AAUP has authorized an investigation into the Emporia State University administration’s extra

AAUP president Irene Mulvey condemns the recent filing by lawyers for the state of Florida defending the "Stope WOKE Act" and emphasizes that it is educational gag orders like this that are the real threat to American higher education and must be rejected by the court.

The Association regards the process by which the termination decisions were reached to be “illegitimate and the terminations themselves to be summary dismissals” in violation of widely accepted principles of academic freedom and tenure.

The new guidance appears to be an overreaction by the administration to changes in state law, and calls into question the administration's commitment to academic freedom.

While the AAUP commends several aspects of the ED’s proposed regulations, including clarification that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, we urge the ED to further amend provisions of the proposed regulations to better enact Title IX’s broad equity goals for higher education.

AAUP in the News

Tue, 11/29/2022  |  Colorado Public Radio

Teaching faculty who don’t have tenure are at the breaking point at Colorado’s public universities. They say their base pay and the huge pay gaps between faculty with similar credentials, between departments, and between women and men aren’t right or sustainable. Surveys show rampant feelings of financial insecurity and resentment on the part of some faculty members who feel mistreated.

Mon, 11/14/2022  |  KWCH-TV

United Academics of the University of Kansas pointed out several issues that it said prompted the organizing campaign: KU’s recent attempt to suspend tenure and its over-reliance on short-term contracts for many teaching faculty, no voice in major decisions about academic programs, stagnant wages that are not competitive with other flagship universities, and a decline in state funding that hinders the kind of world-class research that benefits all Kansans.

Mon, 11/07/2022  |  Diverse Issues in Higher Ed

In order to stem the mass exodus of professors leaving the field, universities must strike a balance between easing the burden on current faculty and hiring new talent. By maintaining virtual course offerings and expanding access to online learning resources, universities can help professors manage their current workload while they work to invest in new faculty and revise academic policies to be clearer and more applicable to advancing technology.

Thu, 11/03/2022  |  Chronicle of Higher Education

It’s time that institutions own up to what these jobs really are — a means of extracting cheap labor by ruthlessly exploiting the dreams of the most vulnerable academics.

Tue, 11/01/2022  |  Charlotte Observer

Since Republicans gained control of both the state House of Representatives and the Senate more than a decade ago, leaders at the system and university levels have generally become more partisan and conservative-leaning, and are generally seen as exerting more political influence on the universities, according to an April report by the American Association of University Professors.

 

Tue, 10/25/2022  |  Tampa Bay Times

Irene Mulvey, president of the AAUP, said in an interview that she’s never seen evidence to support the “draconian cloak of secrecy” the new law created. “A nontransparent process is an illegitimate process in our view,” she said. “Faculty have to be meaningfully involved in every step of the process and that does not appear to have happened here. It makes it extremely difficult for the person to lead the community.”

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