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2020 AAUP In the News

05.15.2020 | Trump administration weighs suspending program for foreign students, prompting backlash from business, tech

"Suspending or ending OPT makes no practical sense — it solves no problem, it reduces the quality of America's higher education system, and it threatens the international exchange of ideas so vital to academic freedom," said Julie Schmid, executive director of the AAUP.

05.06.2020 | Ohio University Faculty, Staff Protest Layoffs, Budget Cuts

The OU AAUP chapter has called for the administration “to cut from the top” first before faculty and staff cuts, as well as rescind and halt layoffs during the pandemic.

05.04.2020 | Ohio University Professors Pass No-Confidence Resolution in University President

The Ohio University AAUP chapter introduced and passed a resolution of no-confidence in University President Duane Nellis and Vice President of Finance Deb Shaffer after demanding that layoffs of the faculty and staff involved be reversed "until a process of true shared governance and transparency can be established and implemented."

04.15.2020 | A Requiem for Academics

The mounting death toll from COVID-19 among professors is tragic for all those whose lives are touched. And the loss of valued colleagues brings with it a loss of the institutional knowledge that helps faculty govern their institutions and departments.

04.08.2020 | Professor Pay Is Flat -- Again

Inside Higher Ed covers the annual Faculty Compensation Survey, noting that the AAUP’s data, collected before the disruption of US higher education by the COVID-19 pandemic, "will serve as important benchmarks when institutions look at faculty pay in reassessing their budgets."

04.06.2020 | Officials and Advocates Seek to Halt Title IX Rule Changes Amid COVID-19 Disruptions

The AAUP announced agreement last week with the attorneys general, stating that the COVID-19 crisis “severely constrains the ability of educational institutions’ administrations, faculty, staff and students to engage in meaningful shared governance to address new and complex Title IX regulations.”

04.02.2020 | UNH, lecturers union agree on contract

UNH Lecturers United-AAUP and the University of New Hampshire jointly announced they have reached an agreement on a new contract. The new collective bargaining agreement runs through June 30, 2022. Lecturers had been working without a contract for the past couple of years.

03.25.2020 | Right-Wing Tricksters Want to Discredit Academia by Recording Zoom Classes

The AAUP’s Hans-Joerg Tiede on exposés of liberal bias: “For all the concern these days that conservatives are expressing for free expression in universities, activities such as these seem to indicate a different interest in the suppression of views.”

03.11.2020 | Colleges Ask Students to Leave Campuses

In an article about the impact of COVID-19, AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum said he is hearing from members that decisions about closing campuses or moving instruction online “are being made without adequate faculty involvement in decision-making.”

03.02.2020 | Santa Cruz Fires Striking TAs

Inside Higher Ed cites the AAUP Council's statement of support for striking graduate student workers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

02.21.2020 | Ohio State presidential search committee to keep finalists secret

Ohio State University’s presidential search committee intends to keep the names of job finalists concealed until it has a final candidate. "We think it’s a terrible development,” said John McNay, president of the Ohio Conference of the AAUP. University boards have adopted a more corporate style of management favoring private searches, said McNay, but as public institutions, “we’re not corporations, we’re not producing widgets. We’re trying to educate students.”

02.18.2020 | (Brief) Censorship Concerns at UW Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee's University Relations department informed the UWM-AAUP chapter that an image promoting an upcoming sponsored talk, Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump, was too "partisan." But after being widely condemned by multiple groups and people on social media, the department reversed its decision a day later. 

 

02.08.2020 | Ohio lawmakers look at college protest limitations

The Ohio Conference of the AAUP has opposed the Open and Robust Minds Act, in testimony submitted to a Senate committee. “If legislation like this would be approved, thus taking these decisions out of the hands of the institutions, we would expect that the legislature would also provide funding to cover the costs of the crowds and necessary security that hosting controversial speakers would entail.” 

02.05.2020 | Fighting for ESL

Loyola University's AAUP chapter releases a report countering the university's justification for major cuts to its English Language Learning Program, writing that the cuts “have harmed our financial bottom line and fiscal vitality . . . and this dramatic reversal of course has taken place outside of the established channels for academic decision-making laid out in Loyola’s own procedures."

01.25.2020 | Hypocrisy called out by community college adjunct faculty

Colorado AAUP leaders write in an op-ed about the financial dire straits faced by adjunct faculty who do most of the instruction in community colleges.

01.17.2020 | Did China infiltrate University of Missouri with propaganda — with our permission?

The editorial board of the Kansas City Star quotes the AAUP's 2014 report on Confucius Institutes including our warning that “occasionally university administrations have entered into partnerships that sacrificed the integrity of the university and its academic staff."

01.16.2020 | AAUP Opposes Proposed Rule That Would Bar Grad Assistants From Organizing

Politico's newsletter covers the AAUP's submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board scrutinizing a proposed rule that would not allow many graduate assistants to form unions.

01.10.2020 | Media Covers AAUP's In Defense of Knowledge and Higher Education

Inside Higher Education writes about our statement, In Defense of Knowledge and Higher Education.