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  • Legislative Priorities for the 110th Congress | AAUP
    Reauthorization The AAUP looks forward to a thoughtful comprehensive renewal of the Higher Education Act in accordance with the following four themes outlined in the AAUP goals for the 109th Congress Increase access to a college and university education Support legislation that will improve access to higher education for those who need financial assistance especially increases in the Pell grant program direct student loans campus based programs and TRIO and ensure that Congress fully fund these programs Protect the quality of higher education programs Support measures that preserve and promote the quality of higher education including the use of new technology where claims for effectiveness still need critical examination Insist on the central role of faculty in evaluating the academic integrity of transfer credits and resist federal mandates to standardize procedures Promote the diversity of our higher education system Support and strengthen programs for institutions serving traditionally under represented populations Continue support for programs to assist graduate students and to improve access for minorities and women to graduate and professional schools Maintain the diversity of institutions that is one of the hallmarks of American higher education Maintain support for the openness of the academic community Support international education and the availability of programs in multiple languages and other methods of enriching and broadening the freedom and openness of the higher education experience Student Loan Interest Rates The AAUP wholeheartedly supports the Congressional leadership s goal of cutting student loan interest rates by half in 2007 Financial concerns should never keep motivated students from pursuing higher education and students should view their degrees as a benefit not a burden Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression The AAUP calls upon Congress to resist any attempts to limit free expression and academic freedom in academic environments We oppose politically motivated interference in university curricula particularly inappropriate attempts to politicize science departments and academic scientific research We also call for the full support of academic disciplines that may suffer politically motivated interference under an advisory board created under Title VI We also support the unrestricted publication and sharing of scholarly research The AAUP urges legislators to resist the false promises of intellectual diversity or academic bill of rights campaigns that harm rather than protect and advance academic freedom We strongly support the protection of privacy and vehemently oppose loyalty oaths and similar requirements as a prerequisite for employment on campuses In addition the increasing use of adjuncts potentially threatens academic freedom as adjuncts do not enjoy the same institutional protections as their tenured colleagues The cancellation or non renewal of contracts can be used to punish faculty who take unpopular positions or limit their ability to speak and publish their views freely International Scholarship and National Security The AAUP urges Congress to protect academic exchanges of people and ideas and the dissemination of scholarly research without censorship Overly broad arbitrary or restrictive visa policies place needless restrictions on the free exchange of knowledge scholars and students without strengthening our national security We believe that

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  • Legislative Priorities for the 111th Congress | AAUP
    and Gear Issues Academic Freedom Shared Governance Contingent Faculty Positions Faculty Compensation Copyright Distance Ed Intellectual Property Accreditation Sexual Harassment Assault Academic Research Civility Conflicts of Interest Collective Bargaining Hiring and Promotions Discrimination Diversity Affirmative Action Ethics Faculty Work Workload Family Work Grading Graduate Students The Academic Bill of Rights Minority Serving Institutions Post Tenure Review Retirement Sexual Diversity Gender Identity Teaching Evaluation Tenure Women in Higher Education Reports Publications AAUP Policies Reports Academe Economic Status Report Compensation Survey Bulletin of the 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 Our Programs Government Relations GR Archive Legislative Priorities Archive Academic Freedom Shared Governance Research Legal Program Government Relations Federal Government State Governments Capitol Hill Day GR Archive Academic Bill of Rights Intellectual Diversity Legislative Priorities Archive Legislative Priorities for the 109th Congress Legislative Priorities for the 110th Congress Legislative Priorities for the 111th Congress Spellings Commission Education Training Coalitions Awards Legislative Priorities for the 111th Congress See

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  • AAUP Statement on Spellings Commission Report | AAUP
    retooling Central Themes in the Report Central to the report is an assertion that American higher education while still excellent is out of step with contemporary realities In comparison to student achievements realized in other nations American education including higher education is losing its competitive edge As a result the report claims that we are in danger of a decline in human capital resources that poses serious dangers for the future economic competitiveness of the United States According to the report American higher education like any other mature enterprise is risk averse It faces the potential future of other such industries from railroads to manufacturers that have failed What is needed are aggressive steps to make higher education more efficient including cost cutting and productivity improvements Among the suggested improvements are reducing barriers for transfer students instituting performance benchmarks and encouraging new educational providers including for profit institutions and long distance learning The report suggests that an emphasis on degree programs and a commitment to classroom based education no longer meet our educational needs In this vision the masses of student consumers would be better served by a cafeteria approach that emphasizes the learning of skills and focuses on results rather than academic distinctions The report formulates a sense of crisis in almost purely financial and economic terms This acute crisis demands drastic transformation especially in terms of cost containment accountability and transparency based on measurable outcomes The report calls for a value added approach and incentives to make colleges and universities more accountable through better reporting practices that enable standardized comparisons The crisis portrayed is one that demands intense managerial approaches to solve systemic dysfunctions through better measurement market modeling and incentives and institutional flexibility Faculty appear only once in this report as a bullet under a heading that includes the recommendation that higher education must change from a system primarily based on reputation to one based on performance The bullet provides a role for faculty in this performance based vision Faculty must be at the forefront of defining educational objectives for students and developing meaningful evidence based measures of their progress toward these goals The role of the faculty is contextualized within a policy framework that aims at developing interoperable outcomes focused accountability systems designed to be accessible and useful for students policymakers and the public as well as for internal management and institutional improvement Specific Weaknesses in the Report The report bolsters its claims and its vision with a variety of symbolic flourishes It uses terms like world class higher education system without ever articulating its features other than through vaguely described goals The report seeks to disarm potential critics by comparing them to elitists who resisted such historical initiatives as the GI Bill It has a long and largely unsubstantiated preamble that calls for urgent reform without adequately characterizing the institutions and relationships that constitute American higher education By strongly affirming an outcomes based approach the report is dismissive of the institutional foundations of American higher

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  • Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed Principles | AAUP
    a quality education They must be free and secure enough in their terms of employment to stretch and challenge students and to apply high academic standards Colleges and universities must also provide faculty with the resources and continuing professional development to stay current in their fields and to use the best methods for enhancing student learning and success The growing practice of hiring faculty into full and part time contingent positions in teaching and research that are not eligible for due process protections of tenure inhibits the full application of academic standards and the free exercise of professional judgment If we are to enhance our nation s human capital we must expand the human capacity of our colleges to educate and help those students succeed We must balance facilities and non educational activities with faculties and educational activities The employment structure of higher education has been overhauled over the past thirty years in ways that compromise the quality of education It is time to systematically realign our employment practices If institutions are to engage students to ensure their success they must engage faculty in working conditions that best serve students learning outcomes Federal policy is now leveraging increased demand for college at a time when states and institutions are cutting their capacity to meet that demand In failing to employ sufficient numbers of tenure track faculty and to provide quality working conditions for contingent faculty we are failing our students Higher education institutions need to get back to academic basics putting money where the students are and shifting the balance to educational expenditures and away from administrative ones 4 Quality higher education in the twenty first century should incorporate technology in ways that expand opportunity and maintain quality Technology that enhances learning is a welcome addition to the twenty first century college experience Most faculty members embrace it Yet too often policy is based on faulty assumptions When used appropriately technology enriches education for higher levels of thinking and learning rather than reducing education to a transfer of information or to a drill High quality higher education develops higher level skills of assessment critique and expression It is a complex process that is facilitated by engagement with professors and students in a process that can be enriched but not replaced by digital formats High tech instruction is not cheap A good on line course is more labor and capital intensive than one taught in a traditional formats In substantially re envisioning educational experiences with technology the priority should not be cost reduction for efficiency but investment in increasing educational effectiveness To ensure such a focus faculty should be should be integrally involved as part of shared governance in selecting the appropriate technologies for their institutions Technological innovations in higher education are more complex than the current public discussion would suggest We must address issues of access insuring that students are not shortchanged because they don t own a good computer or have access to high speed internet success which online

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  • Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure | AAUP
    and full time non tenure track faculty The report recommends that for the good of institutions of the educational experiences of students and of the quality of education the proportion of tenured and tenure track faculty should be increased Read more about Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession Nonreappointment Full Time Renewable Term Appointments Report addressing the applicability of the Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment to all full time faculty members on renewable term appointments Read more about Nonreappointment Full Time Renewable Term Appointments Institutional Review Boards and Social Science Research Report addressing the government s rules for protecting human beings who are the subjects of social science research It offers suggestions for the improvement of IRB practices and recommendations Read more about Institutional Review Boards and Social Science Research Research on Human Subjects Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board 2006 report addressing aspects of the federal government s regulations for research on human subjects that constitute a threat to academic freedom Read more about Research on Human Subjects Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board Academic Freedom and Tenure Greenville College Report concerning due process and academic freedom at Greenville College a religiously affiliated institution Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Greenville College Academic Freedom and Tenure New Mexico Highlands University Report concerning tenure denial academic freedom due process and the role of faculty in governance at New Mexico Highlands University Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure New Mexico Highlands University New Mexico Highlands University A Case of Denial of Tenure Report concerning tenure denial by the board of regents of New Mexico Highlands University Read more about New Mexico Highlands University A Case of Denial of Tenure Academic Freedom and Tenure University of South Florida Report dealing with actions taken by the administration and the

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  • Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure | AAUP
    are here Home Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure Academic Freedom and Tenure Medaille College Report concerning improper dismissal procedures at Medaille College Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Medaille College Professors of Practice Report addressing a category of full time non tenure track faculty appointments known as professors of practice It recommends in accordance with Association principles that these faculty members be accorded tenure s protections Read more about Professors of Practice Academic Freedom and Tenure Our Lady of Holy Cross College Report discussing issues including campus procedures the president s reasons for dismissing a faculty member and the effect of the dismissal on academic freedom at Our Lady of Holy Cross College Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Our Lady of Holy Cross College Academic Freedom and Tenure East Texas Baptist University Report presenting several key issues under the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and derivative principles and procedural standards endorsed by the Association Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure East Texas Baptist University Academic Freedom and Tenure Tiffin University Report concerning the appropriate role of faculty in the governance of Tiffin University academic freedom concerns and the lack of tenure Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Tiffin University Academic Freedom and Tenure University of Dubuque Report examining the University of Dubuque s termination of tenured faculty the faculty s role in the process and faculty governance Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure University of Dubuque Academic Freedom and Tenure Charleston Southern University Report concerning action taken by the administration of Charleston Southern University to dismiss a faculty member for cause in the middle of his eleventh year on the faculty and the nonreappointment of another after six years of faculty service Read more about Academic Freedom and

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  • Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure | AAUP
    the discharge tenured members of the basic science faculty of the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in response to a declaration of financial exigency with minimal notice inadequate severance salary and a complete absence of normal procedural safeguards in violation not only of applicable Association supported standards but also of the bylaws of the institution itself Read more about Termination of Tenured Appointments MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine Academic Freedom and Tenure Johnson Wales University Report addressing issues of reasons and the opportunity for review adequacy of notice and academic freedom at Johnson Wales University Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Johnson Wales University Academic Freedom and Tenure Bastyr University Report concerning the actions taken in 2005 by the administration of Bastyr University against three faculty members and involves issues of academic due process and adequate cause for termination Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Bastyr University Academic Freedom and Tenure University of New Haven Report dealing with issues of the status of non tenured faculty due process and the adequacy of the procedural standards in assessing student complaints at the University of New Haven Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure University of New Haven The Use and Abuse of Faculty Suspensions Report analyzing AAUP policy on the suspension of faculty members from teaching or research Read more about The Use and Abuse of Faculty Suspensions Academic Freedom and Tenure Nicholls State University Report addressing tenure and de facto tenure due process adequacy of notice and the ramifications of grading issues and academic freedom Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Nicholls State University Academic Freedom and Tenure North Idaho College Report regarding North Idaho College policies part time instructors lack basic protections of academic due process therefore making them vulnerable Read more about Academic Freedom and

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  • Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure | AAUP
    Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure Clark Atlanta University New Academic Freedom Subcommittee The AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure has established a subcommittee to study and recommend procedural standards to ensure academic freedom in the conduct of politically controversial academic personnel decisions The subcommittee members are Ernst Benjamin former AAUP general secretary chair Debra Nails Michigan State University Ellen Schrecker Yeshiva University David Rabban University of Texas at Austin and chair of Committee A Cary Nelson University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and AAUP president and Gary Rhoades AAUP general secretary Read more about New Academic Freedom Subcommittee Clark Atlanta University Report and Revised RIRs Now Online The Association s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure has authorized the publication of an investigating committee s report on Clark Atlanta University The report deals with the administration s action taken on stated grounds of an enrollment emergency to dismiss fifty five full time faculty members approximately one fourth of the total faculty effective immediately in the middle of a semester The affected professors were paid four weeks of unconditional severance salary Read more about Clark Atlanta University Report and Revised RIRs Now Online Academic Freedom and Tenure University of Texas Medical Branch Report dealing with a declaration of financial exigency at the University of Texas Medical Branch due process and the status of tenure in the University of Texas system Read more about Academic Freedom and Tenure University of Texas Medical Branch Texas Medical Branch Report and Council Record Online An ad hoc investigating committee s report on the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been posted on the AAUP s Web site having been authorized for publication by the Association s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure The report deals with

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