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Centennial Edition of the AAUP Redbook

By Hans-Joerg Tiede

The 2015 edition of Policy Documents and Reports, commonly known as the Redbook, is being published in January by Johns Hopkins University Press. Appearing in its eleventh edition, it is also being published for the first time as an e-book. Since 1968, the Redbook has presented the most central and most frequently cited policy statements and reports of the Association in a convenient format. Through each edition, the Redbook has been updated to serve as a useful guide on current issues in higher education, while continuing to provide an overview of the long-standing and fundamental standards supported by the Association and, to a significant extent, by the profession.

The format of the Redbook has been revised to make it more user-friendly. It has been reorganized into a larger number of thematically grouped sections, and a new introductory essay on incorporating the AAUP’s principles and recommended standards into the institution’s regulations was added in order to provide a “road map” to the Redbook.

Recognizing the centennial of the AAUP in 2015, the Redbook opens with the 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure, the founding document of the AAUP, and each section begins with a brief historical introduction. Among the eighteen new and revised reports included in this edition are statements on academic freedom and outside speakers, campus sexual assault, the inclusion of faculty on contingent appointments in academic governance, and salary-setting practices that unfairly disadvantage women faculty. Statistical and legal information also has been updated throughout.

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