2017 AAUP Updates

03.21.2017 | Foundation Grants for Faculty Under Attack

In keeping with its mission to support principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society, the AAUP Foundation welcomes grant applications from faculty impacted by the Trump Administration’s travel ban or by other threats to academic freedom. The next quarterly application deadline is March 31.

03.17.2017 | No Surprise: “Skinny” Budget Undermines Science, Education, and the Public Good

President Trump released an initial budget proposal Thursday containing deep cuts that would severely damage scientific research, the arts and humanities, and access to higher education. This is not a design for the world class system of higher education that Americans have come to expect. It is, instead, a design that will undermine the world's finest system of higher education and further harm low-income college students. 

03.17.2017 | Gorsuch Poses Threat to Civil Rights, Workers Rights

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been proclaimed a “natural successor” to former justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, would likely continue Scalia’s work to dismantle many of the protections extended to workers, the public, minorities, and the disabled.

03.06.2017 | New Ban, Same Discrimination

The second Muslim ban is still a discriminatory, exclusionary ban aimed at Muslim-majority countries. It still has a chilling effect on academic freedom and the movement of people and ideas.

02.24.2017 | Political Litmus Tests Have No Place in Higher Ed

Two examples of extreme legislation coming from Iowa and North Carolina call for "ideological balance" among faculty.

02.10.2017 | Mary Burgan, Former AAUP General Secretary, Dies at 81

We note with sadness the death of Mary Burgan, who served as the general secretary of the Association from 1994 until her retirement in 2004. Burgan died in Washington, DC, on January 12 at the age of 81. A memorial event in her honor will take place on March 11.

02.02.2017 | Block Andrew Puzder Nomination

The AAUP urges the Senate to block the nomination of Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor. Puzder has opposed paid sick leave, overtime pay, and raising the minimum wage, and he is an opponent of the right of workers to organize unions.

01.31.2017 | Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty

The AAUP issued a statement, "Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty," to address increasing concerns about efforts to intimidate and harass faculty. The statement includes recommendations for administrations, governing boards, faculty bodies, and individual faculty members.

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