2017 AAUP In the News

03.30.2017 | Full-Time SFCC Staffers Overwhelmingly Vote to Unionize

Faculty members at Santa Fe Community College voted to join together in a union with the AAUP. The day of the vote, Marci Eannarino, teacher in the college's English, Reading and Speech Department said, “This is a really big day for us — it’s a defining moment for SFCC faculty."

03.29.2017 | Fired Because He Wouldn't Dumb Down a Course?

Students may complain about courses that are too hard, but could fighting to maintain high standards actually get a professor fired? A new report from the AAUP alleges that Colorado’s Community College of Aurora terminated an adjunct because he refused to lower his expectations for his introductory philosophy class. The report sets the stage for the AAUP to vote on censuring Aurora for alleged violations of academic freedom later this spring.

03.29.2017 | Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says

The AAUP cites the firing of a Colorado adjunct instructor as evidence of a broader lack of academic freedom for part-time faculty members throughout that state’s community-college system.

03.24.2017 | Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Leads to Diminished College Enrollment

Racism is rampant and foreign students or prospective students have much to consider. Rudy Fichtenbaum, AAUP president says, "The atmosphere -- the increasing attacks on Jewish centers, cemeteries, Muslim mosques and the recent murder of two Sikhs in Kansas City -- means that many international students are deciding to stay away from the US and are instead attending colleges in Canada, Australia or Europe."

03.21.2017 | Higher Ed, Faculty Are Under Fire

Rudy Fichtenbaum discusses many problems stemming from ill-conceived policies and escalating since the November election.

03.17.2017 | March Madness: Should Coaches Earn More Than College Presidents?

While coaches and university presidents earn seven figure salaries, Howard Bunsis, AAUP leader and chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congrees, points out, “Many universities have lost their way, as the core function of a university is the academic success of our students."

03.12.2017 | Chasing Big Sports Goals, Rutgers Stumbles Into a Vat of Red Ink

The Rutgers athletic department has run an annual deficit of at least $20 million since 2006 and has diverted millions in student fees and millions from its general fund to cover the athletic shortfall. In 2012, Rutgers joined the Big Ten with high hopes and low returns. David Hughes, president of the Rutgers AAUP chapter, and Mark Killingsworth, Rutgers economics professor and football fan, weigh in. The facult

03.09.2017 | Who Are the Key Players in the Resistance Against Donald Trump?

On issues from immigration to climate to transgender rights, activists and organizations have been rallying against Trump and new political initiatives. The AAUP is one of many organizations partnering with the Science March on Earth Day, April 22nd.

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