Founded in 1915, the AAUP remains the nation’s leading organization primarily dedicated to protecting academic freedom and shared governance in higher education. Faculty members turn to the AAUP for assistance in the thousands each year. Some of these faculty members are well-known figures with resources and support. Most, however, are ordinary faculty members who need guidance in responding to troublesome or threatening professional attacks.

The AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality and the security of academic freedom, and by ensuring that this country's colleges and universities contribute to the common good. Through the AAUP, faculty determine the principles of our profession and the procedures by which to protect them. When the AAUP speaks, it is the voice of the profession.

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