2016 AAUP In the News

06.17.2016 | What Are College Governing Boards Getting From Their Search Firms?

James H. Finkelstein, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, presents a new study on the role of executive search firms in the process at public colleges and whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth. He says by hiring a search firm, "governing boards are outsourcing their most important responsibilities."

06.14.2016 | EMU Move to Privatize Food Services Draws Flack

A move to privatize food service operations across Eastern Michigan University is drawing criticism from some faculty and students, who are upset with how the university is describing the move and the impact the switch could have on students. AAUP members and leaders get involved.

06.14.2016 | Faculty Unionize at Northern Illinois U

The Illinois Labor Relations Board certified a new faculty union at Northern Illinois University.

06.09.2016 | Academics in Sexual Minorities Can Feel a Need to Stay Closeted

A Q&A with Sean Robinson, who will present findings and speak on this topic at the AAUP annual conference in DC. Robinson conducted a study and found that although society is becoming more tolerant of members of sexual-minority groups, many academics feel pressure to remain closeted to safeguard their careers. 

06.09.2016 | Cuts Questioned at U of Chicago

Faculty members and students worry they're paying the price for construction projects amid a focus on cutting administrative costs.

06.09.2016 | Table Trouble

Kean University is taking heat for the quarter-million-dollar conference table it bought in 2014. Howard Bunsis, chairman of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress points out that Kean is spending less money on instructional priorities and more on administrative costs, adding, "The money needs to be spent on the students. ... We need to be sure that the students can get through. All the focus needs to be is, how can we help these students and their families succeed? What kind of resources can we give them?" 

06.08.2016 | UI Offers More Protections for Lecturer Faculty

The University of Iowa approved a new policy aiming to improve working conditions for about 280 lecturers.The new policy grants non-tenured faculty members representation on the Faculty Senate, grievance rights, more transparent workload expectations, and stated pathways to promotion.

06.04.2016 | Five Reasons Why Student Debt Is Skyrocketing

A look at college costs growing faster than inflation, states slashing funding for higher education, universities spending more on administrative salaries and campus amenities, students not always understanding how loans work, and Americans not seeing a raise in years. AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum says, "What is driving costs is the metastasizing army of administrators with bloated salaries, and our university presidents who are now paid as though they were CEOs running a business -- and not a very successful one at that."

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