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On Saturday, the governing Council of the AAUP voted to remove the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from the Association’s list of censured administrations, and to add Illinois Wesleyan University to the Association's list of institutions sanctioned for substantial noncompliance with standards of academic governance.

After 50,000 public comments from borrowers and an internal audit of borrowers eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, the US Department of Education has taken a series of steps to resolve long standing issues with the troubled program. Read more about these changes and how you can potentially access debt relief.

The Build Back Better Act funds essential financial aid programs, but fails to deliver on the reforms we need. It goes without saying that we are disappointed in these developments. 

New regulations have been proposed by the US Department of Education to recognize the difficulties faced by contingent faculty in their pursuit of PSLF; while they are a huge improvement from the current program, the proposed rules must go further to meet the needs of faculty. Art historian and Pennsylvania AAUP state conference president Jessica Sponsler offered comments to the rulemaking committee during their second week of negotiations.

UF’s decision constitutes an egregious violation of faculty members’ academic freedom and is almost certainly a violation of their free speech rights as citizens. The AAUP stands in solidarity with these scholars in accordance with our mission statement to advance academic freedom in American colleges and universities. We affirm their right to provide expert testimony and will provide whatever assistance we can to support them in their efforts.

The AAUP will conduct an investigation of the system after its board of regents voted to adopt a post-tenure review policy that makes it possible to fire a tenured faculty member without a dismissal hearing.

Yesterday, plaintiffs including the University of Oklahoma chapter of the AAUP filed a lawsuit challenging an Oklahoma law that severely restricts faculty at public institutions in the state from teaching about race and gender.

The AAUP's latest report on faculty governance finds over all, faculty representation is up over time, but faculty participation in presidential searches is down, as is full participation of part-time faculty members.

AAUP president Irene Mulvey says the AAUP will investigate and censure the University System of Georgia as the board of regents nears a vote that would essentially remove tenure protections.

AAUP in the News

Mon, 11/22/2021  |  The State

The point of tenure is to prevent political, corporate or other interests from interfering in research or steering the curriculum, said University of South Carolina professor Carol Harrison, who serves as the president for the university’s AAUP chapter. “This is not a tenure reform bill. This is a tenure abolition bill,” Harrison said. “It would transform university education and research in really terrible ways. There is just no way to have a modern, innovative research university that is producing the knowledge, and introducing it to students and challenging students if faculty are constantly afraid they’ll lose their jobs because they run afoul of some special interest, some corporation (or) some legislator,” Harrison said.

 

Mon, 11/22/2021  |  Lincoln Journal Star

The AAUP has voted to remove the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from its list of censured administrations. UNL was sanctioned by the national organization in June 2018 after administrators removed a graduate student lecturer from her part-time teaching position without affording her a hearing before an elected faculty committee. This terminal suspension followed a viral video recording of a confrontation between the faculty member and an undergraduate student recruiting on campus for the right-wing organization Turning Point USA.

Fri, 11/19/2021  |  Philadelphia Inquirer

“I support the no-confidence measures as a way of sending a message that the relationship between faculty and the administration is damaged and needs to be repaired,” said Jim Brown, associate professor of English and president of the Rutgers-Camden chapter of the AAUP-AFT union.

Thu, 11/11/2021  |  The North Wind

After 131 days of negotiations, Northern Michigan University’s-AAUP chapter votes to ratify five-year contract. 

Wed, 11/03/2021  |  Tampa Bay Times

Irene Mulvey, president of the AAUP, said the restrictions placed on the three professors were "completely inappropriate." The organization issued a statement condemning the move "in the strongest possible terms." Public universities exist for the common good and professors should be able to testify on the findings of their scholarship, Mulvey said. 

Tue, 11/02/2021  |  Politico

The issue at the University of Florida raises further questions about politicizing an institution of higher education. College administrators are supposed to “stand up and push back” against political intervention in academia, but that clearly wasn’t the case at the University of Florida, said Irene Mulvey, AAUP president. 

“They weren’t the firewall,” Mulvey said. “They lit the match.”

Thu, 10/28/2021  |  The Diamondback

The University of Maryland’s chapter of the AAUP is creating its own strategic plan in response to an upcoming university-led strategic plan that the group says does not prioritize the right goals. Strategic plans need to "really began with what we consider to be the most important part of the university, which are the people,” said Karin Rosemblatt, the AAUP chapter’s vice president.

Wed, 10/27/2021  |  The Plug

"Who's to say that this is not going to also allow these faculty members to be removed from these historically Black colleges and universities because of their scholarship, because of their research?", said Glinda Rawls, Chair of the Racial Equity and HBCU committees at the American Association of University Professors.

Upcoming Events

December 2, 2021

Do you want to grow your AAUP chapter? Have you ever wondered how your chapter can organize to make lasting changes to the status-quo on campus? This webinar discusses how you can grow your chapter’s membership and build power through issue organizing, as well as best practices for developing chapter leaders, building an organizing committee, and how person-to-person organizing will help you identify and tackle pressing issues your colleagues care about.

June 16, 2022 to June 19, 2022

The 2022 AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting is currently scheduled to take place in person just outside of Washington, DC.

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