2021 AAUP Updates

10.20.2021 | Lawsuit Challenges Classroom Censorship

Yesterday, plaintiffs including the University of Oklahoma chapter of the AAUP filed a lawsuit challenging an Oklahoma law that severely restricts faculty at public institutions in the state from teaching about race and gender.

10.14.2021 | Good and Bad News in Latest AAUP Report on Shared Governance

The AAUP's latest report on faculty governance finds over all, faculty representation is up over time, but faculty participation in presidential searches is down, as is full participation of part-time faculty members.

10.13.2021 | AAUP President Warns of Investigation, Potential Censure, If Tenure Is Gutted in the University System of Georgia

AAUP president Irene Mulvey says the AAUP will investigate and censure the University System of Georgia as the board of regents nears a vote that would essentially remove tenure protections.

10.07.2021 | AAUP Testimony on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Reform, Part One

New regulations have been proposed by the US Department of Education to recognize the difficulties faced by contingent faculty in their pursuit of PSLF; while they are a huge improvement from the current program, the proposed rules must go further to meet the needs of faculty. Former professor and current AAUP staff member David Kociemba offered comments to the rulemaking committee during their first week of negotiations.

09.29.2021 | Special Committee to Report on Structural Racism and Violations of Shared Governance at UNC

A pattern of egregious violations of principles of academic governance and persistent structural racism in the University of North Carolina System has prompted AAUP to take action. Among several issues the report will discuss is the widely publicized mishandling of the tenure case of New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones.

09.08.2021 | AAUP and AFT Applaud "Meaningful Down Payment" on Urgently Needed New Deal for Higher Ed

“The Build Back Better Act represents a historic and long-overdue investment in higher education—as well as a meaningful down payment on the additional changes needed to aid our colleges and universities, and the people who make them run. Increased Pell Grant funding, a new college retention and completion fund, and tuition subsidies at minority-serving institutions are important initiatives that will help students at a wide range of institutions, and go beyond the free community college funding that is the signature program of this bill."

09.07.2021 | AAUP Files Brief Condemning Political Attacks on Teaching About Race and Racial Justice in Texas

“The unmistakable aim of such efforts is to impose thought control on American education and thereby on the American people," the brief states.

08.16.2021 | AAUP Urges Administrations to Prioritize Health and Safety as Campuses Reopen

The AAUP calls on campus administrations to do everything possible to ensure the highest level of health and safety, and to follow the guidance of public health experts to use every available tool to protect students, faculty, staff, and neighboring communities from further spread of COVID this fall.