2017 AAUP In the News

06.23.2017 | AAUP Condemns Threats Against Faculty Members

The AAUP condemned a recent pattern of threats against faculty members for their public comments. “We are dismayed that another faculty member, John Eric Williams of Trinity College, has become the target of a flood of threats following reports about his social media postings by the right-wing media outlet Campus Reform,” AAUP said in a statement. “We support and stand with our colleagues and campus communities whose academic freedom is threatened. The free exchange of ideas is incompatible with an atmosphere of fear.”

06.19.2017 | Professor Warns of Below-Level Standards at Aurora Community College after Censure

Nathaniel Bork said he feels vindicated after a censure of Community College of Aurora over the weekend and that "My concern was about the well being of the students going forward."

06.19.2017 | AAUP Adds 2 Institutions, Removes 2 From Censure List

The AAUP updated its censure list after delegates to its recent 103rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C., voted to remove the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, and added Spalding University and the Community College of Aurora to the list. “I express my sincere appreciation to the AAUP and the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure for reviewing and removing the censure on Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas,” said  Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas system.

06.17.2017 | Community College of Aurora Censured for Violating Academic Freedom

The Community College of Aurora was censured by the nation’s 100-year-old association for college professors Saturday for “serious departures from principles and standards of academic freedom” over the firing of a part-time philosophy instructor last year. “Being forced to lower my standards to increase my pass rates was horrible,” Bork said Saturday. “Being fired for drawing attention to the plan out of concern for students’ well-being was worse.”

06.15.2017 | AAUP Committee: It's Time to Lift UI Censure

The AAUP's annual delegation will vote Saturday on whether to remove censure from UI based on the Salaita case.

06.11.2017 | Knapp Cashes $1.25 Million Paycheck, Compensation Rises for Second Straight Year

The AAUP's Sam Dunietz pointed out that he increases in presidential salaries have been far outpacing faculty pay over the last 10 to 15 years. And nationally presidents earn an average of four times as much as professors.

06.08.2017 | Can a Single Course Jeopardize an Academic Department?

Reflecting on controversy over whether the cancelation of a history course on college athletics that seemed to pit a department against top administrators, the AAUP's Joerg Tiede said it would be "at odds with principles of academic freedom" if a course were canceled because the subject it covered was controversial.

06.06.2017 | Bandaid Solutions Cannot Be the Long-Term Fix: Addressing Public Higher Ed’s Budgetary Challenges

The AAUP's Howard Bunsis talks trends in disinvestment, contingent labor, athletics spending, and more.

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