AAUP Issues Investigative Report on College of Saint Rose

For more information, contact: Greg Scholtz – gscholtz@aaup.org / 202-594-3624

Report Finds Cuts and Layoffs Undermined Academic Freedom and Rendered Tenure Virtually Meaningless

Washington, DC—Today, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released an investigating committee’s report on unilateral actions taken by the administration and board of the College of Saint Rose in New York to reduce or eliminate twenty-seven academic programs and thereby to terminate twenty-three tenured and tenure-track appointments. The report, available here , concludes that the cuts and layoffs, “the result of a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels,” undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless.

The program reductions and closures followed a three-month “academic prioritization process” that ended two weeks before Christmas, at which time the affected faculty members received their termination notices. 

The investigating committee finds that the administration and governing board terminated the appointments in disregard of AAUP-recommended procedures for financial exigency and for discontinuing programs for educational reasons, thus violating the joint 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and Regulation 4 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. It also finds that the process by which programs were selected for reduction or elimination departed from the college’s own regulations.

The investigating committee visited the College of Saint Rose on January 29 and 30 to meet with the involved parties. Prior to publication, the AAUP’s staff submitted the draft report of these findings to the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which approved its further distribution and potential publication. The staff then sent the draft report to principal parties with an invitation for comment and corrections of fact. At its June 3–4 meeting, the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure will determine whether to recommend that the Association censure the College of Saint Rose administration. Censure can be imposed only by vote of delegates to the annual meeting, which occurs this year on June 18.


The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities.

Media Contact: 
Greg Scholtz – gscholtz@aaup.org / 202-594-3624
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016