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  • An Open Letter to the Yale Community | AAUP
    University Professors AAUP today issued an open letter to the Yale University community expressing growing concern about the character and impact of the university s collaboration with the Singaporean government in establishing Yale National University of Singapore College The letter raises questions about the possibility of true academic freedom in an authoritarian country about the specific measures that Yale will take to protect the freedom of faculty staff and students and about the lack of transparency that has characterized the planning process It recommends that the Yale Corporation release documents and agreements related to the plan to establish the Yale National University of Singapore campus and establish genuinely open forums in which plans can be reviewed discussed and modified as necessary Among the many issues that might be reviewed are these What risks do students and faculty face over campus speech that may be critical of the Singaporean government What may be the impact on free speech on campus of any surveillance protocols put in place by Singapore authorities Will all faculty staff and students of Yale NUS including Singaporean nationals be guaranteed immunity from prosecution for writings or statements that would be protected under the provisions of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel Will the other protections called for in the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel be implemented on the Singapore campus Will the libraries faculty staff and students of Yale NUS be exempt from restrictions on importation of publications or periodicals Will independent Internet access be guaranteed Will the right to invite speakers to campus be compromised by restrictions on visitors to Singapore What risks to students staff and faculty with various sexual orientations are posed by Singapore s laws Do employees at Yale NUS who are not

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/open-letter-yale-community (2016-02-13)
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  • Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom | AAUP
    Releases Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom For Release November 20 2012 For more information please contact Anita Levy AAUP or Tim Willard CHEA The Council on Higher Education Accreditation CHEA and the American Association of University Professors AAUP have released an advisory statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom This advisory statement addresses the role that accreditation plays in sustaining and enhancing academic freedom in the context of review of institutions and programs for quality said CHEA President Judith Eaton It is a response to concerns that academic freedom is increasingly challenged in today s environment and that accreditation can play an even more helpful role in meeting this challenge AAUP Senior Program Officer Anita Levy noted This effort emerged from a desire to reaffirm the importance of academic freedom and its central role in the success of colleges and universities and the work of faculty The advisory statement is designed to stimulate discussion of academic freedom among institutions faculty and accrediting organizations In early 2012 CHEA and AAUP agreed to work together to address the issue of academic freedom and the role of accreditation CHEA and AAUP brought together a small of accrediting organizations members of the AAUP Committee on Accreditation and others to develop an advisory statement The advisory statement has been approved both by the CHEA Board of Directors and the AAUP Committee on Accreditation The statement provides guidance to CHEA institutional members recognized accrediting organizations and AAUP members For further information see AAUP s 1940 Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure and The Role of Faculty in the Accrediting of Colleges and Universities pdf and CHEA publications The Condition of Accreditation U S Accreditation in 2011 pdf and The Value of Accreditation The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/statement-accreditation-and-academic-freedom (2016-02-13)
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  • EMU-AAUP Overwhelmingly Approves Contract | AAUP
    AAUP The Redbook Journal of Academic Freedom AAUP Bookstore News AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media Get Involved Upcoming Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter I Need Help With Workplace Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media 2013 Media Releases 2012 Media Releases 2011 Media Releases 2010 Media Releases EMU AAUP Overwhelmingly Approves Contract September 8 2012 Contact Susan Moeller President EMU AAUP www emuprofessors org Ypsilanti MI The EMU AAUP the Eastern Michigan Chapter of the American Association of University Professors voted overwhelmingly to approve the recent tentative agreement reached on August 17th by a vote of 288 to 7 or 98 approving the agreement The Board of Regents will vote on whether to approve the agreement at their meeting on September 18th The contract includes raises of 2 per year for each year of the contract as well as changes in health care payments The contract also includes additional support and incentives for faculty research Through this vote the faculty has indicated that they strongly support the terms of the agreement The agreement contains many positive developments in the areas of faculty research and support and faculty members are pleased not only with these results but how the contract was settled early and with a spirit of cooperation between the faculty and administration Moeller added that she believes this can a renewal of positive faculty administrative cooperation that will have long lasting benefits for the students faculty and administration As a member of the National Association of American University Professors and a member of the Collective Bargaining Congress the EMU AAUP chapter strives to protect the faculty s right to academic freedom and ensure faculty

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/emu-aaup-overwhelmingly-approves-contract (2016-02-13)
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  • Current Research Review System Threatens Academic Freedom, New Report Say | AAUP
    require IRB review of any research with humans unless it fits one or more listed exceptions In July 2011 the federal government took what may be the first step toward the most substantial change in the regulations since 1981 issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking or ANPRM More than 1 100 individuals and associations have submitted formal comments The AAUP report notes that out of respect for liberty it is normally expected that government regulation of behavior will consist in listing what is forbidden all else being permitted The report goes on to suggest ways in which the regulations could be rewritten along these lines The report also questions the current reliance on local committees whose members have no special competence in assessing research projects in the wide range of disciplines they are called on to assess whose approval is required for an only minimally restricted range of research projects and who are invited to bring to bear in assessing them an only minimally restricted body of what they take to be information who are only minimally restricted in the demands they may make on the researchers and whose judgments about whether to permit the research to be carried out at all are in most institutions final When one steps back from it one can find oneself amazed that such an institution has developed on university campuses across the country The report notes that university departments faculty committees and trustworthy researchers themselves might be better suited for some of the tasks now assigned to IRBs and their staffs And it calls for the federal government to develop more evidence on which to base its policies This is the third report the AAUP has issued on the tensions between preservation of academic freedom and the protection of human participants in

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/current-research-review-system-threatens-academic-freedom-new-report-say (2016-02-13)
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  • EMU-AAUP Reaches Tentative Agreement with Administration | AAUP
    News AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media Get Involved Upcoming Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter I Need Help With Workplace Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media 2013 Media Releases 2012 Media Releases 2011 Media Releases 2010 Media Releases EMU AAUP Reaches Tentative Agreement with Administration August 17 2012 Contact Susan Moeller President EMU AAUP www emuprofessors org Ypsilanti Michigan The EMU AAUP the Eastern Michigan Chapter of the American Association of University Professors has reached a tentative agreement with the university s administration on a new three year contract The EMU AAUP is the bargaining agent for the full time tenure track faculty at Eastern Michigan University The existing contact expires at the end of the month and the new contract will run through August 31 2015 The contract includes raises of 2 per year for each year of the contract as well as changes in health care payments The contract also includes additional support and incentives for faculty research We are very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that will benefit faculty students and the university These negotiations were conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect with both sides committed to doing what was best for the university The fact that we completed negotiations two weeks before the expiration of the contract is indicative of the cooperation that was present throughout the bargaining process said Susan Moeller EMU AAUP President The membership of the union will have a ratification vote in approximately two weeks As a member of the National Association of American University Professors and a member of the Collective Bargaining Congress the EMU AAUP chapter strives to protect the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/emu-aaup-reaches-tentative-agreement-administration (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Censures Three Louisiana Administrations | AAUP
    Freedom AAUP Bookstore News AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media Get Involved Upcoming Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter I Need Help With Workplace Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media 2013 Media Releases 2012 Media Releases 2011 Media Releases 2010 Media Releases AAUP Censures Three Louisiana Administrations For Immediate Release June 18 2012 Contacts Jordan Kurland Washington DC Delegates to the Ninety eighth Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors AAUP voted on June 16 to place Louisiana State University Baton Rouge as well as Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond both components of the University of Louisiana System on the AAUP s list of censured administrations Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure jointly formulated by the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and endorsed by more than 200 professional and educational organizations With these actions fifty two institutions are now on the censure list The full list of censured administrations is available at Background information and the full investigation reports are available at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge http www aaup org report academic freedom and tenure louisiana state university baton rouge Northwestern State University and Southeastern Louisiana http www aaup http www aaup org sites ULSystemReportApril2012 pd f For more information please contact Jordan Kurland The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that promotes academic freedom by supporting tenure academic due process shared governance and standards of quality in higher education The AAUP has over 47

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-censures-three-louisiana-administrations (2016-02-13)
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  • Governing Board’s Ouster of University of Virginia President | AAUP
    s Board of Visitors in seeking and obtaining the resignation of Dr Teresa Sullivan from the presidency of the university reportedly without previous or subsequent explanation to her to the other chief administrative officers and to the university s faculty and student body of the specific grounds for its displeasure with her performance By all accounts President Sullivan s performance during her two years in office was strongly supported by the university s academic community Responding to the governing board s action the Faculty Senate Executive Council issued a statement declaring that it was shocked and dismayed by this news We were blindsided by this decision Thirty three department chairs and program directors of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences have endorsed the senate s statement of protest as have numerous other groups and individual members of the UVA faculty The AAUP s position calling for a significant faculty role in contributing to judgments and decisions regarding the evaluation and retention of a president is set forth in its statement on Faculty Participation in the Selection Evaluation and Retention of Administrators That document provides that All decisions on retention and nonretention of administrators should be based on institutionalized and jointly determined procedures which include significant faculty involvement With respect to the chief administrative officer the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities specifies that the leadership role of the president is supported by delegated authority from the board and faculty No decision on retention or nonretention should be made without an assessment of the level of confidence in which he or she is held by the faculty In no case should a judgment on retention or nonretention be made without consultation with all major constituencies with the faculty involved to a degree at least co extensive with

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/governing-board%E2%80%99s-ouster-university-virginia-president (2016-02-13)
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  • “Lost in Translation” Receives the AAUP’s Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education | AAUP
    to encourage thoughtful in depth coverage of issues that are critical to faculty and higher education Our series revealed some of the problems and challenges posed by the rapid globalization of American universities particularly in regard to China Golden explains Our findings don t necessarily mean that American universities should pull back from opening campuses in China hosting Confucius Institutes and other such interactions They do mean that universities should pay more attention to the trade offs in terms of academic freedom and exploitation of foreign students Dane S Claussen one of the judges said about the series Much of what is covered was previously unknown or very little known certainly not well understood by many The reporting is thorough creative and highly appropriate and each article is extremely well organized and written Writer and judge Beryl Lieff Benderly commented Skillful writing and vivid examples make this disturbing material a pleasure to read Bloomberg editor at large Clark Hoyt will accept the award on behalf of Golden and Staley Cat Warren editor of Academe will present the award at Saturday s award banquet About the judges Beryl Benderly s The Real Science Gap won last year s Molotsky award 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 executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada author of Anti intellectualism in American Media and editor of Journalism Mass Communication Educator Until December 2010 he was chair of faculty and professor at the School of Communication Point Park University Cat Warren has been a

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/%E2%80%9Clost-translation%E2%80%9D-receives-aaup%E2%80%99s-award-excellence-coverage-higher-education (2016-02-13)
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