AAUP Policies & Reports

08.23.2017 | Agency-Fee Audits

Information about agency-fee audits.

03.21.2017 | AAUP Audit Reports

Audited reports of the AAUP's financial statements from the past three years.

Academic Freedom and Tenure Investigative Reports

2019 | Academic Freedom and Tenure: Nunez Community College (Louisiana)

This report concerns actions taken in spring 2018 by the administration of Nunez Community College to terminate the services of Professor Richard Schmitt following his twenty-second year on the faculty. These actions were taken in apparent violation of his academic freedom and without affordance of the protections of academic due process to which he was entitled as the result of having obtained de facto tenure at the institution through length of full-time service.

2018 | Academic Freedom and Tenure: St. Edward’s University (Texas)

This report concerns the dismissals of two tenured faculty members and the nonrenewal of a tenure-track faculty member at St. Edward’s University (SEU) in Austin, Texas, in violation of AAUP-recommended procedural standards and principles of academic freedom. According to the report, the SEU administration failed to afford the tenure-track professor timely notice of nonrenewal and a faculty appeal process, and it declined to afford the tenured professors a dismissal hearing before an elected faculty body. The AAUP investigating committee found credible the claims of all three faculty members that their criticisms of administrative decisions led to the actions against them.

College and University Governance Reports

2019 | College and University Governance: Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona)

This report concerns issues of academic governance stemming from the actions of the governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District to terminate the “meet-and-confer” provision of the residential faculty policies manual and to mandate the later repeal of the entire manual. For four decades, the faculty and administration had utilized the meet-and-confer process as a mechanism for establishing institutional policies related to faculty matters and for making recommendations to the board on salary and budgetary matters. The residential faculty policies manual contains policies and procedures relating to the full-time faculty, including provisions defining the faculty’s participation in governance.

2015 | College and University Governance: University of Iowa

This report describes departures from shared governance standards in the hiring of new University of Iowa President J. Bruce Harreld, appointed by the Iowa Board of Regents in spite of overwhelming objections from faculty. The investigation found that in contrast to historical practice at the university, which had been to involve faculty fully in presidential searches, the board designed this search process specifically to prevent any meaningful faculty role in the selection of the final candidate.

Standing Committee and Subcommittee Reports

2018 | Campus Free-Speech Legislation: History, Progress, and Problems

Claiming that free speech is “dying” on American campuses, a conservative think tank has led an effort to push states to adopt a model bill that, in the name of defending campus free speech, risks undermining it. This report seeks to understand the context and content of the “campus free-speech” movement, to track its influence within state legislatures, and to draw some conclusions concerning the best ways to respond to it.

2018 | The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2017-18

As several studies published during the past year have confirmed, higher education provides health and economic benefits that are vital to American society. These benefits, however, are threatened by ongoing political and financial attacks on higher education. Now, more than ever, faculty members and others who care about higher education must join together to resist these attacks.

Audit Reports

08.23.2017 | Agency-Fee Audits

Information about agency-fee audits.

03.21.2017 | AAUP Audit Reports

Audited reports of the AAUP's financial statements from the past three years.