2017 AAUP Updates

11.22.2017 | Congress Has Put Grad Students in Jeopardy

Taxation of tuition waivers would send us back to an era in which only the independently wealthy are able to pursue advanced education.

11.20.2017 | Campus Carry Violates Academic Freedom

The AAUP filed an amicus brief last night supporting a challenge to a statute and policy in Texas that compelled faculty to permit concealed handguns in college classrooms. We argue that the policy violates faculty members’ academic freedom.

11.17.2017 | AAUP Committee Commends AGB Statement on Governance

Last month, the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) issued a statement on shared governance. The AAUP's Committee on College and University Governance commends this statement and urges members to bring it to the attention of their governing boards and administrations.

11.13.2017 | Tax Proposal Hurts Higher Ed

The AAUP, along with other higher education groups, strongly opposes proposed changes included in tax legislation being voted on by Congress this week. The AAUP particularly opposes the repeal of provisions exempting from taxation tuition waivers for campus employees and graduate students, which would cause a devastating tax increase for thousands of graduate students, and the repeal of the current Student Loan Interest Deduction.

11.09.2017 | Strike Authorization Procedure at Wright State

The Wright State University AAUP chapter, the faculty union representing full-time faculty at WSU, has adopted an amendment to its chapter constitution and bylaws creating a procedure for authorizing and calling a strike. Chapter president Martin Kich said that the move was necessary to protect the core missions of teaching and research at the university.

10.23.2017 | AAUP and AFT-Wisconsin Condemn Attacks on Public Higher Education

A series of recent actions taken by Governor Scott Walker, the Wisconsin state legislature, and the University of Wisconsin system board of regents represents a concerted attack on the university as a public good and on the university’s role in fostering democratic participation. 

10.19.2017 | University of Chicago Graduate Workers Affirm Union

University of Chicago graduate employees voted decisively and overwhelmingly for union recognition in a history-making vote.

10.12.2017 | Ciccariello-Maher Suspension Is Problematic

A suspension is a severely adverse personnel action, and imposing one on Ciccariello-Maher without consulting an appropriate faculty body raises concerns about academic freedom and tenure.