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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 AAUP released a report on the University System of Georgia’s dismantling of academic tenure and will likely impose censure in 2022 if the board of regents does not restore academic due process to tenured faculty. In an unprecedented action, the board of regents of the University System of Georgia in October voted to adopt changes to its post-tenure review policy that make it possible to fire tenured faculty without a dismissal hearing.

South Carolina’s House Bill 4522 is misguided legislation that would do irreparable damage to the quality of education in the South Carolina public university system by severely undermining academic freedom in the state.

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.

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.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 01/06/2022  |  Inside Higher Ed

“Any efforts to promote justice and equality in higher education and in society should be applauded,” said Irene Mulvey, president of the merican Association of University Professors. “Initiatives like this one at the University of Memphis which enable faculty to take a fresh look at their own subject and view it through a lens of social justice, are essential if higher education is to fulfill its promise as a public good.”

Fri, 12/10/2021  |  Atlanta Journal Constitution

“It’s a black eye for us and a hit on our reputation,” said University of North Georgia professor Matthew Boedy, president of the Georgia Conference of the AAUP. Boedy expects the AAUP to move to censure the University System in early 2022, a dreaded status that marks Georgia campuses as operating outside recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure.

Wed, 12/08/2021  |  Higher Ed Dive

The U.S.'s most prominent college faculty association is threatening to censure the University System of Georgia if it does not reverse recent changes to tenure policies that the organization said flout academic freedom.

Fri, 12/03/2021  |  Capitol Beat

Eight Southern state conferences of the AAUP are asking the University System of Georgia to rescind changes in tenure policies that would essentially abolish the tenure system.

“The board’s new procedure for post-tenure review exposes faculty to censorship, ideological bias and notoriously fickle criteria like student evaluations and ‘performance,’ ” leaders of the eight state conferences of the AAUP wrote in a letter Wednesday to Teresa MacCartney, the university system’s acting chancellor. “When implemented, the University System of Georgia will no longer have tenure and, therefore, meaningful academic freedom will cease to exist.”

Fri, 12/03/2021  |  Higher Ed Dive

AAUP deemed the bill "misguided" and said it would irreparably damage the educational quality of the University of South Carolina system by undermining academic freedom. It said that "tenure is not a perk for one class of employees" but rather a safeguard against scholars being dismissed for controversial views or research.

Upcoming Events

March 5, 2022 to March 6, 2022

A meeting of the AAUP's national council.

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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The Association’s Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election as members of the AAUP’s governing Council at the June 2022 biennial meeting. Nominations for one at-large Council member position and five regional Council member positions are due by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Did you know that the AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

See open positions and learn how to apply.