2014 AAUP In the News

09.29.2014 | Chicago to Close Confucius Institute

In June, the American Association of University Professors called on universities to cancel their agreements with Confucius Institutes unless they can renegotiate them to ensure certain terms can be met. The AAUP statement asserted that “North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”

09.24.2014 | Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

"To do research honorably, you have to follow where the data lead," said Cary Nelson, former president of the AAUP. "You have to have the freedom to follow those leads." Asked if he would work under such conditions, Nelson was curt: "No."

09.22.2014 | Why Does College Cost So Much?

“Colleges are trying to showcase their value through visuals like dining halls, palatial new buildings and the ubiquitous rock-climbing walls, not the quality of their professors and programs,” says David Kociemba, chair of AAUP’s Committee for Contingency and the Profession. 

09.19.2014 | NMU Archives Event Illuminates History of School

One of the AAUP's responsibilities is to negotiate the faculty's employment contract with NMU's administration. Before the faculty was represented by the the AAUP, there was no contract that guaranteed them shared governance of the university.

09.18.2014 | AAUP: 40-year-old contract built Rider’s reputation

Faculty are deeply concerned by this administration’s vision for Rider’s future. Administrators come and go, but faculty and students must live with the consequences of their actions.

09.18.2014 | Trigger Warnings a Threat to Academic Freedom, Says AAUP

The full statement is a praiseworthy defense of academic freedom and unrestricted speech in higher education. Kudos to the AAUP for standing up for its members' rights.

09.17.2014 | Shooting Down Trigger Warnings

We agree with the AAUP’s stance and object to the enforced institution of academic trigger warnings on both principled and consequential grounds. While personally traumatic experiences are important to address and treat on college campuses, trigger warnings are neither a fair nor sufficient solution to such issues and would ultimately serve to undermine the fundamental values of academia.

09.08.2014 | AAUP Insists on Shared Governance in Purdue Merger

"Unilateral administration decisions do not include faculty or student participation and do not serve the public interest. Shared governance is essential to a quality university," said David Nalbone, president of Purdue University Calumet's AAUP chapter.