2016 AAUP In the News

03.14.2016 | DSU Cuts More than a Quarter of Its Majors

Delaware State University cut 23 low-enrollment academic programs, more than a quarter of its offerings, to invest in higher-growth areas expected to bring in more students and revenue. The AAUP's John Barnshaw says in the article, low enrollment does not always give a complete picture of the program's longer term viability. He advises universities to consider curtailing costs in non-academic areas like athletics and administration before cutting scholarship.

03.11.2016 | 'Fake' Tenure?

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved new tenure policies, rejecting proposals that would have maintained tenure protections.

03.10.2016 | U of Wisconsin Regents Consider New Tenure Policies

The board of regents for the University of Wisconsin System votes today on new tenure and faculty layoff policies. David Vanness, president of the AAUP UW-Madison chapter, points out a major problem with the proposed policy on is that it permits the administration “to discontinue programs (and lay off faculty) because other programs may be considered higher priority.” 

03.10.2016 | AAUP Says Censure over Salaita Case Could Be Removed in Spring

Censure imposed on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the Steven Salaita case may lift this spring. UI settled with Salaita in November and is working with the AAUP on remaining conditions, including commitments from the Board of Trustees to endorsing AAUP policies on due process and academic freedom.

03.08.2016 | Melissa Click Firing to Be Investigated by National Professors Group

The AAUP announced Monday it will investigate the firing of an assistant professor at MU. Professor Melissa Click formally appealed her dismissal last week.

03.07.2016 | Universities Run into Problems When They Hire Presidents from the Business World

University presidents, like Simon Newman of Mount Saint Mary's University, increasingly come from fields outside of academia, and their approach to business frequently comes up against the principles of shared governance in US higher education. The article references AAUP data on university presidents salaries, noting an increase from 2003 to 2012 of $100,000 on average.

03.04.2016 | Search for Truth in Peril on UW System Campuses

AAUP members Chad Alan Goldberg and Elena Levy-Navarro defend the principles of tenure, shared governance and academic freedom for the UW System in this op-ed. Next week, new recommended policies with implications for tenure and shared governance will come before the UW Board of Regents for a full board vote.

03.04.2016 | AAUP Threatens Investigation into Melissa Click's Firing, Foley Responds

The AAUP expresses concern over the circumstances of Melissa Click's firing and plans to meet as to whether to launch an investigation.