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2021 AAUP Updates

02.09.2021 | A New Deal for Higher Ed

With the new administration and Congress come new opportunities to ensure significant, sustainable public investment in higher education.

02.08.2021 | AAUP Joins Coalition to Call for Student Debt Cancelation

The AAUP joined a coalition of fifty plus organizations to applaud the bicameral resolution calling on Biden to cancel $50K of student debt.

02.02.2021 | AAUP Intervenes in Case of Suspended Pacific University Professor

The AAUP wrote Lesley Hallick, president of Pacific University, to convey concerns about the failure to afford academic due process to Richard J. Paxton, a tenured full professor. In early October, the administration summarily removed Paxton from the classroom pending an investigation of student complaints about his classroom speech, a process that could potentially result in dismissal.

02.02.2021 | Academe Book Review Editor Sought

The AAUP seeks a book review editor for Academe, its quarterly magazine. The book review editor’s primary responsibilities include identifying books for review and soliciting and editing reviews. The application deadline is March 15, 2021.

01.29.2021 | Statement on Efforts to Restrict the Teaching of History

The AAUP issued a statement objecting to efforts by legislators in several states to restrict teaching about oppression, race, and gender. Such efforts thwart antiracist work at a time when the nation is confronting deep-rooted racial inequity, attempt inappropriately to transfer responsibility for curriculum from educators to legislators, and disregard the importance of understanding the past to serve the needs of the living.

01.29.2021 | AAUP Letter Advises Kansas Conference on Recent "COVID Exception" Termination Policy

The AAUP sent an advisory letter today to the officers of the Kansas Conference of the AAUP in response to the Kansas Board of Regents' recent "COVID exception" termination policy.

01.25.2021 | Program Closures and Terminations at Concordia University Chicago

The AAUP sent a letter to the president of Concordia University Chicago, Russell P. Dawn, regarding recent actions by the CUC governing board and administration to suspend key provisions in the faculty handbook, discontinue academic programs, and terminate faculty appointments. Following a "program prioritization process," the university terminated the services of fifty-one members of the faculty and staff, including long-serving faculty members with tenure.

01.19.2021 | 1776 Report Distorts the Past and Disregards the Truth

The 1776 Report, released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is an attack on the socially progressive and antiracist goals that King worked toward. The report, which was issued by a commission appointed by President Trump last fall in response to the New York Times's 1619 Project and to racial justice demonstrations, is based on falsehoods but poses as history.