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  • Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications | AAUP
    newly revised report Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications brings up to date and expands upon the Association s 2004 report on the same topic while affirming the earlier report s basic principles The report is issued for comment and may be modified in light of comments received by a January 10 deadline The revised report addresses a higher education landscape that has been significantly changed in recent years by the emergence of social media as vehicles for electronic communication increased outsourcing of information technology resources cloud computing expanded security concerns and new communications devices The boundaries of the classroom have expanded Now a classroom is not simply a physical space but any location real or virtual in which instruction occurs The revised report concludes that in classrooms of all types the protections of academic freedom and of the faculty s rights to intellectual property in lectures syllabi exams and similar materials are as applicable as they have been in the physical classroom The revised report reaffirms the 2004 report s conclusion that full freedom in research and in the publication of the results applies with no less force to the use of electronic media for the conduct of research and the dissemination of findings and results than it applies to the use of more traditional media The report includes an expanded discussion of access to research materials including a discussion of the open access movement and of the role of college and university libraries and librarians The report also discusses access to electronic communications technologies outsourcing of noninstructional information technology resources the implications for academic freedom of social media and their use Freedom of Information Act requests for electronic records and threats to academic freedom associated with defamation claims against statements made through electronic media such as blogs A section

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/academic-freedom-and-electronic-communications (2016-02-13)
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  • Campus Equity Week 2013 | AAUP
    awareness about the nation s increasingly stratified higher education system Organizers said more than 100 campuses in at least 20 states plan to participate in the week of education and activism with more added daily Campus Equity Week events will all focus on various issues raised by the increased reliance on contingent faculty employment by U S colleges and universities Adjunct or contingent faculty the majority of whom are paid poverty level wages and receive no benefits make up more than 70 percent of faculty at colleges and universities nationwide a situation that has pushed inequities to a crisis level at many institutions A central principle of the week is that high quality education depends practically and ethically on professional and just working conditions for all faculty Members of this adjunct instructional workforce face many labor and equity issues including changes in work schedules and the denial of healthcare benefits in response to the Affordable Care Act student loan debt issues for students staff and faculty of color misguided curriculum reform institutions blind faith in massive open online courses MOOCs and other online education and the disinvestment in public higher education So far events are planned for campuses in Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Georgia Hawaii Illinois Indiana Maryland Massachusetts Nevada New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania Utah Vermont Virginia Washington and Wisconsin with additional events added daily More than 50 California campuses will participate including 23 community colleges Nationwide events range from a statewide higher education summit to a LGBT wedding reception to a forum on equity to showings of the solo play FOR PROFIT which highlights student debt Rallies petition drives workshops and speakouts are also planned An updated list of all events is available on the Campus Equity Week website Campus Equity Week also known as Fair

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/campus-equity-week-2013 (2016-02-13)
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  • U Oregon Chapter Announces Agreement | AAUP
    contract which is now effective through June 30 2015 This contract represents a major step for all UO faculty said Scott Pratt Professor of Philosophy and member of the United Academics bargaining team It recognizes the value of faculty by providing salary increases and extends professional job protections and benefits to non tenure track educators This is good for the university for students and for Oregon September 19 2013 For more information please contact Deborah Olson Ron Bramhall or Susan Anderson at 541 636 4714 United Academics AAUP AFT Faculty Union and University of Oregon Reach Tentative Agreement on Historic First Contract Eugene OR After 10 months of negotiations United Academics the union representing over 1 800 faculty and other academic employees at the University of Oregon has reached a tentative agreement on a first contract with the UO Administration Members of United Academics will hold a contract ratification vote on October 8 This agreement represents a major step forward for all faculty at the UO said Yvonne Braun Associate Professor of Women s and Gender Studies and a member of the United Academics negotiating team It provides fair salary increases strong job security protections and a robust role for faculty in university governance Highlights of the agreement include Average salary increase of 11 75 over the life of the 2 year agreement The creation of a minimum salary for non tenure track faculty Robust protection of academic freedom and free speech Full details of the tentative agreement are forthcoming and will be available on the union s website www uauoregon org Fundamentally this contract is about transparency and making policies enforceable at the University of Oregon noted Deborah Olson an Instructor in Special Education and member of the United Academics negotiating team We organized as a union because faculty

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/u-oregon-chapter-announces-agreement (2016-02-13)
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  • Universities Undermine Supreme Court Ruling | AAUP
    the University of California system and joined by public and private universities including the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois this multicampus effort aims to take away the faculty patent rights established by two hundred years of patent law and reinforced by the nation s highest court in 2011 In Stanford v Roche the Court ruled against a coalition of universities that had asserted that the 1980 Bayh Dole Act not only gave institutions the right to own faculty inventions but also mandated they do so Faced with a firm rejection of this claim many institutions responded by trying to nullify the decision Some made all faculty sign a new form giving away all present and future patent rights others simply declared university ownership on a campus website The inventions at stake include patents and other products For example the MOOC revolution is leading some institutions to demand ownership of online instructional materials As the AAUP s draft report points out all a university needs is a license to distribute an online course but many are pressing unnecessarily for ownership as well Interestingly the dispute is not about money For decades most universities recognized that faculty members owned their inventions and had the right to decide whether they should be commercialized If they were a faculty inventor and the institution would usually share any profits and that is still the case But faculty are losing the power to decide whether and how their inventions should be disseminated a right that is covered by academic freedom Faculty are beginning to protest but many are afraid of retaliation The AAUP is launching an educational campaign to inform faculty about their rights and to encourage faculty senates and contract negotiating teams to secure the rights the Supreme Court has confirmed There

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/universities-undermine-supreme-court-ruling (2016-02-13)
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  • Leaders Praise University of Oregon Agreement | AAUP
    Bargaining Congress called the tentative agreement a historic moment for everyone who works in the academic profession The membership was able to achieve a contract that fairly compensates those who do the critical work of educating the students at the University of Oregon and conducting world class research he said Just as important this contract gave a voice in the process and a seat at the table to both tenure track and contingent faculty That voice and that seat will demonstrate to students and the university community that everyone benefits when we work collectively The big winners in this agreement are the students at the University of Oregon said AFT President Randi Weingarten The agreement preserves academic standards and will make the university better It includes salary adjustments that recognize the value that our members contribute to the university and it extends professional job protections and benefits to non tenure track educators This milestone agreement raises the prestige of the institution and that is good for the university and for students Highlights of the tentative agreement include Average salary increases of 11 75 percent over the two year life of the agreement Robust protection of academic freedom and free speech Extension of job security protections to contingent faculty members Transparency and consistency in rules and professional practices regarding career path and promotion decisions Reinforcement of participation in campus governance by all instructional staff at the University If ratified by United Academics members in a vote scheduled for Oct 8 the deal would be the first contract for the union which represents more than 1 800 faculty and other academic employees at the university In a separate statement United Academics leaders called the agreement a major step forward Fundamentally this contract is about transparency and making policies enforceable at the university

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/leaders-praise-university-oregon-agreement (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Names Julie Schmid as Executive Director | AAUP
    is currently the chief of staff of AFT Wisconsin which represents higher education faculty as well as K 12 teachers and public employees throughout the state She has worked for faculty unions around the country including as coordinator for the Portland State University AAUP chapter and as an activist with COGS UE Local 896 a union for graduate student employees at the University of Iowa where Schmid earned her PhD She served as a senior program officer in the AAUP s Department of Organizing and Services from 2002 to 2008 I am excited to serve as the AAUP s executive director because this is where the fight is US higher education is in crisis Schmid explains We are four decades into a radical defunding of state institutions of higher education Faculty salaries are stagnant while students are asked to pay more and more for their education The overuse and exploitation of contingent faculty and graduate student employees continues Academic freedom is under attack and faculty senates have seen their voices diminished sometimes because of administrative overreach and sometimes because the faculty has not exercised the power it has And collective bargaining which in many instances has proven to be an important means for bettering the working conditions of faculty members and academic professionals and for maintaining academic quality is now under attack The AAUP is the conscience of the profession For nearly a century the AAUP has defined professional standards for higher education and vigorously defended those standards when they have come under attack And for nearly half that time the AAUP has epitomized faculty unionism by organizing strong collective bargaining chapters and by enshrining AAUP principles and policies in collective bargaining agreements As someone who has spent most of my career in the field organizing academic workers I know how important the AAUP is because I hear how important the AAUP s policy documents are any time I am on a campus AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum reacted to Schmid s appointment I am thrilled to welcome Julie Schmid as the new Executive Director of the AAUP When I ran for office as part of the Organizing for Change slate our platform recognized that higher education in general and the AAUP in particular stand at a critical crossroads Our profession and values are under attack through assaults on collective bargaining rights and shared governance abuse of non tenure track faculty both full time and part time and the consequent erosion of tenure Moreover we have seen a rising tide of assaults on academic freedom and the rights of faculty academic professionals and students AAUP must place our highest priority on organizing so that we become a more powerful articulate and energetic force committed to mobilizing faculty full time and part time academic professionals and graduate students in a broad variety of ways to fight for our profession and for a system of higher education that serves the public good Julie Schmid was the consensus choice of the AAUP Council She

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-names-julie-schmid-executive-director (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Presents Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education | AAUP
    the limited resources of newspapers today The Mirror s series Double Digit Raise Goes to Top Higher Education Official ran from October 8 to November 28 2012 As a result of the hard work and perseverance of the Mirror reporters the state was forced to hire an interim higher education president and lawmakers on the higher education committee vowed to reduce the governor s control over higher education in part by decreasing the number of members the governor can appoint to the board of regents About the series Connecticut Mirror editor Jenifer Frank commented It s hard not to believe that officials at all levels of government at least subconsciously believe that a diminished press gives them carte blanche to act as they want I m certain that Connecticut s higher ed officials were shocked when they realized how aggressively our reporters were investigating their actions In thirty years as an editor I have never taken so many calls from officials complaining about reporters who have the audacity to question them It should make every remaining journalist intent on following every plausible lead chances are good that a story awaits Janese Silvey s Closure and Reopening of the University of Missouri Press ran from May 24 to November 27 2012 Silvey s persistence in getting to the truth of how the closure was effected who was behind it and who stood to gain from it resulted in more than thirty articles published in the Columbia Daily Tribune in 2012 The media coverage drew national attention to the administration s actions all summer leading to a reversal of the decision to close the press and the rehiring of its senior editors Perhaps just as important the closure and reopening of the University of Missouri Press has opened a nationwide conversation about the dissemination of scholarly findings the definition of shared governance in decisions about auxiliary units and administrative transparency Covering the failed attempt to close the University of Missouri Press was really a roller coaster ride Silvey commented At times it appeared the Save the Missouri Press campaign was a lost cause Some questioned why I continued to report on it when the decision to shut down the UM Press had apparently been finalized But the authors publishers book distributors and readers cared too deeply to let the UM Press or the story die Because the Save the Missouri Press supporters were so active the story continued to have a life and ultimately those actions saved the press The series are available below in pdf format About the judges Beryl Benderly won the 2011 Molotsky award for The Real Science Gap Her articles have appeared in Miller McCune Scientific American Scientific American Mind Prism Science Slate Smithsonian and the New York Times among many other prominent publications In addition Benderly is the author of eight books has appeared on CNN and the Today Show and has taught science and health writing Dane S Claussen is an independent scholar author of A

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-presents-award-excellence-coverage-higher-education (2016-02-13)
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  • 2013 Media Releases | AAUP
    Louis University on the AAUP s list of censured administrations and to remove Our Lady of Holy Cross College and St Bonaventure University from the list Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure 06 04 2013 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education The AAUP will host its Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and Ninety ninth Annual Meeting on June 12 16 2013 at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington DC The highlight of the Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education will be four days of presentations by faculty members and administrators from around the country 05 21 2013 5th National Meeting of CFHE Faculty and staff members from colleges and universities across the U S met in Ohio to address the some of the toughest issues facing student success in America s higher education system The CFHE gathering looked at the problems with MOOCs and other more promising ways to use online teaching tools including hybrid courses already in use at many colleges 04 18 2013 No Justification for Tenure Terminations at National Louis University This report concludes that administrators at National Louis University had no acceptable financial or educational justification for discontinuing fourteen academic programs closing four departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and terminating the appointments of at least sixty three full time faculty members 04 08 2013 Here s The News AAUP Releases Faculty Salary Report Salaries for full time faculty members at American colleges and universities continue to recover slowly from the ongoing recession in higher education but the longer term trends are not promising That s the finding in this year s annual report on faculty compensation and

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2013?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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