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

2017 | Academic Freedom and Tenure: Spalding University (Kentucky)

This report concerns actions taken by the administration of Spalding University to terminate the appointment of tenured professor of social work Erlene Grise-Owens after she criticized the administration’s handling of an incident involving a student who brought a gun to a campus parking lot. The social work school’s chair immediately alerted social work faculty about the incident—except the school’s three faculty members of color, even though the student was scheduled to attend class with one of them the next day.

2017 | Academic Freedom and Tenure: Community College of Aurora (Colorado)

This report concerns actions taken by the administration of the Community College of Aurora, during the fourth week of the fall 2016 semester, to terminate the appointment of part-time instructor of philosophy Nathanial Bork without affordance of academic due process. Mr. Bork was dismissed after conveying his intention to send to the college's accreditor a report detailing his “deep concerns” about the college’s Gateway to Success initiative, which modified certain entry-level liberal arts courses in an effort to improve their pass rates.

College and University Governance Reports

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.

2015 | College and University Governance: Union County College

This report describes severe departures from generally accepted standards of academic governance at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey and details how the administration sharply diminished the role and influence of the faculty in the college’s governance system. 

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.