2016 AAUP In the News

12.11.2015 | Refusing to Be Evaluated by a Formula

Rutgers faculty members, citing philosophical concerns and errors, push back against the use of corporate software "Academic Analytics" to evaluate their productivity. “I think in everybody in academia has an interest in collective and individual measures of productivity, but these are very blunt forms of measurement,” said David Hughes, a professor of anthropology and president of Rutgers’ AAUP-AFT union chapter.

12.10.2015 | National Group Issues Report Critical of Regents' Process to Hire Bruce Harreld

AAUP issued a report on the University of Iowa's presidential search. “[T]he board constructed the process in an attempt to preclude any meaningful faculty role in the selection of the final candidate. At that sole but crucial point, the board treated the faculty as irrelevant,” the authors wrote.

12.09.2015 | EMU Regents Don’t Vote on Ending Ties with EAA

Despite protest and disapproval from the Eastern Michigan University community, the Board of Regents chose to postpone a vote on its involvement with the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), ensuring the partnership will last through most of 2016. EMU-AAUP president Howard Bunsis posited the board may act differently if members were elected by voters, rather than appointed by the governor.

12.08.2015 | The Assault on Climate Science

Michael E. Mann of the AAUP's Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee calls out the harassment of climate scientists. He decries Lamar Smith's (R-TX), subpoena to Kathryn D. Sullivan, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, demanding internal notes, emails and correspondence regarding a study its scientists published in the journal Science. This follows a trend in requests for scientists' and professors' personal emails and notes following climate-related studies and published works.

12.07.2015 | Lingering Fallout From the Salaita Case

Jonathan Rees, PhD, Co-President of the AAUP Colorado Conference writes that while Salaita found a measure of justice in a settlement from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an academic boycott of Illinois and other sanctions remain and work remains on the governance issue.

12.04.2015 | On Student Academic Freedom

AAUP vice president Henry Reichman asks "What does student academic freedom entail?"

11.30.2015 | FAS Senate Calls for Increased Input on Governance

A new report from Yale University's Faculty of Arts and Science Senate raises concerns about the University’s faculty-conduct standards and the review procedures for complaints of violations. The faculty argues that they had insufficient input in the drafting of these rules. Gregory Scholtz, Director of the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance, calls the review procedures “seriously inadequate.”

11.29.2015 | Tenure policies violate standards, UW faculty leaders warn

Faculty leaders at three University of Wisconsin campuses sound the alarm about new tenure policies under consideration which jeopardize professional standards. A letter sent to the UW System Tenure Policy Task Force by chapter presidents of AAUP says draft policies "separate faculty from their primary responsibility for educational concerns."

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