2018 AAUP Updates

03.30.2016 | Statement Protests Turkish Suppression of Academic Freedom

Although the AAUP does not normally take positions on alleged violations of or threats to academic freedom outside of the US, the Association issued a statement today protesting the harsh crackdown by the Turkish government against dissident academics. 

03.30.2016 | Win For Labor

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court rejected attempts by anti-union forces to render agency fee unconstitutional in the public sector in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The Court upheld an appellate court decision that found agency fee constitutional, stating in full, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.” Thus, the law remains as it has for over forty years. This is good news for  faculty unions and for all American workers.

03.29.2016 | Support for Graduate Employee Rights

The AAUP's Committee on Graduate and Professional Students commends graduate student workers at both Columbia University and the New School for their efforts to overturn the 2004 National Labor Relations Board decision that removed the right of graduate employees to collective bargaining. The right to organize and engage in collective action for mutual aid and benefit is a fundamental guarantee that all workers should enjoy. 

03.28.2016 | Statement Urges Caution Toward Academic Analytics

The AAUP Executive Committee issued a statement about institutions' use of private "metrics providers" such as Academic Analytics. While such services promise "objective" data about faculty research productivity, some of the firm's metrics lack any qualitative dimension. The statement urges colleges and universities to exercise extreme caution in deciding whether to subscribe to external sources of data and to avoid making decisions about tenure and promotion based primarily on such data. 

03.24.2016 | New Title IX Report Shines Light on Present Uses

The AAUP released a draft report, The History, Uses and Abuses of Title IX, evaluating the history and current uses of Title IX. The report identifies tensions between current interpretations of Title IX and the academic freedom essential for campus life to thrive. The AAUP invites comment from its membership, the higher education community, and the public on this report.

03.14.2016 | 2016 Election Ballots Mailed

Ballots for this year’s national Officer and Council election were mailed March 7 to eligible voting members. In order to be counted, ballots must be received by April 15.

03.11.2016 | Plymouth State Faculty Petition to Form Union

The Plymouth State University AAUP chapter announced this week that tenured and tenure-track faculty at the university filed a petition on Wednesday, March 9, with the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board to form a collective bargaining chapter with the AAUP.  

03.10.2016 | Tenure Weakened in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin system Board of Regents has adopted a policy that provides weaker protections of tenure, and thus of academic freedom, than what has long been the norm in Wisconsin and than what is called for under AAUP standards.