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  • Victory for Unions and Higher Ed | AAUP
    and Howard Bunsis chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress Yesterday marked a historic and inspiring victory for the labor movement and for those of us who work in higher education especially for Ohio faculty but also for faculty in the nation as a whole That s because yesterday voters in Ohio resoundingly repealed by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent antiunion legislation that would have severely restricted the collective bargaining rights of Ohio public sector workers The legislation singled out faculty making most full time faculty ineligible to participate in unions by declaring them to be managers Ohio voters realized that budgets cannot be balanced nor can the economy be improved by stripping workers of their rights This country s financial problems do not stem from overpaid firefighters librarians and faculty but from economic policies that encourage the rich to get richer while undercutting basic services for all Of course challenges remain Part time faculty in Ohio have long been barred by state law from unionizing and in the United States more than half of faculty positions are now part time and seventy percent are non tenure track Antiunion legislation is pending in several other states And higher education as a whole is threatened on many fronts Public funding is inadequate and privatization is on the agenda in several places Students and their families have to incur onerous debt burdens in order to obtain a college degree and many students have seen the doors of college close on them The fight for broad access to quality higher education and for the faculty voice in decision making will continue But today we pause and extend hearty congratulations to our members and allies on a campaign well fought Alongside members of other unions Ohio AAUP members gathered signatures held

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  • Academic Freedom and Tenure Report | AAUP
    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 NEWS AAUP UPDATES Academic Freedom and Tenure Report The AAUP has issued a supplemental report on Savannah College of Art and Design The administration at SCAD has been censured by the AAUP see the original 1993 report Publication Date Thursday October 20 2011 Tags Savannah College of Art and Design Investigations AAUP Awards The Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Ed and the Martin D Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education recognize coverage of higher education nationally and aims to

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  • IRBs Should Evaluate Risk Empirically | AAUP
    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 NEWS AAUP UPDATES IRBs Should Evaluate Risk Empirically In July 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled Human Subjects Research Protections Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden Delay and Ambiguity for Investigators For the first time since 1981 the federal government is considering major changes to the regulations governing institutional review boards IRBs which are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of participants in biomedical and behavioral research Since 1981 the AAUP has expressed concern about the potential for human subjects research protections to interfere with academic freedom most recently in the 2006 report Research on Human Subjects Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board In our comments on the new proposal which were principally written by Zachary Schrag at George Mason University the AAUP makes four main recommendations 1 IRBs should evaluate risk based on empirical evidence 2 There should be no IRB review of interview observation and survey research with legally competent adults 3 Not all data should be considered as sensitive as current health data 4 The federal government should not regulate research it does not pay for The advance notice itself which includes instructions for submitting comments can be viewed by clicking on the pdf The comment period has been extended to October 26 2011 File 2011 18792 pdf Publication Date Saturday October 8 2011

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  • The AAUP Supports Occupy Wall Street | AAUP
    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 NEWS AAUP UPDATES The AAUP Supports Occupy Wall Street The Collective Bargaining Congress and national Council of the American Association of University Professors stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement Over the last several years we have watched as those at the very top have prospered while the fortunes of those below the very top have stagnated or declined The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families The dedicated students whom we teach at institutions of higher education are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding only to find themselves unemployed when they graduate The majority of college and university faculty positions are now insecure part time jobs In addition attacks on collective bargaining have been rampant throughout the nation as our job security wages health benefits and pensions have been either reduced or slated for elimination Therefore it is time to stand up for what is right We applaud the action the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live We strongly support the movement and wish it every success We are in this together Publication

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  • 2011 AAUP Updates | AAUP
    2011 AAUP Updates 2010 AAUP Updates For the Media 2011 AAUP Updates 10 03 2011 Investigating Committee to Visit Louisiana The committee will look into discontinuance of academic programs within the University of Louisiana system and potential terminations of tenured appointments 09 29 2011 Cincinnati State Faculty Strike Faculty and students are taking back the campus Friday as the planned one week strike ends 09 13 2011 Unconstitutional Speech Restrictions On Hold A proposed new electronic communications policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign was put on hold after the AAUP and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education warned in a joint letter that it would restrict student and faculty speech 09 10 2011 Countering the Chilling Effect of FOIA Requests on Scholarship Read a new issue brief on how to protect both academic freedom and the public s right to know 08 18 2011 While Lauding New DOE Guidance on Sexual Harassment the AAUP Raises Academic Freedom Concerns On August 18 the AAUP wrote to the Department of Education to laud the department s efforts to address systemic gender inequalities in the US educational system 08 12 2011 AAUP Legal Brief Supports Prof Who Spoke Out The AAUP has filed an amicus brief in the U S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of Loretta Capeheart a tenured professor at Northeastern Illinois University NEIU 08 11 2011 UVA Should Protect Its Scientists The AAUP joined with three other groups in writing a letter to University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan urging her to reconsider a May 2011 agreement the university made with the American Tradition Institute 06 16 2011 The AAUP Congratulates Our Chapters and Conferences In order to encourage and recognize membership growth in AAUP chapters and state conferences the national AAUP

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  • 2011 AAUP Updates | AAUP
    on Campus Antisemitism On April 20 2011 AAUP president Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee published an open letter on the topic of campus antisemitism and especially how it related to Title VI regulations about discrimination in federally funded programs The letter was written in response to several recent allegations of antisemitism at campuses around the country 03 28 2011 Obvious Assault on Academic Freedom Update 4 12 11 At their recent meeting the American Conference for Irish Studies passed a resolution supporting the American Association of University Professors s efforts on behalf of academic freedom shared governance and tenure in Higher Education and it endorses Chancellor Martin s affirmation of the value of academic freedom in her April 1 letter to the campus community 02 23 2011 Investigation at Idaho State Update 3 5 11 An investigation has been authorized by the AAUP general secretary and will proceed 02 16 2011 Investigation at SUNY Albany An AAUP committee will investigate the decision of administrators at SUNY Albany to discontinue four foreign language degree programs plus the theater arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Albany 02 14 2011 Wisconsin Governor Is Not Telling the Truth Statement from AAUP President Cary Nelson regarding Wisconsin s governor Scott Walker s attempts to balance the budget 02 10 2011 Stepping Up for Union Rights SB 5 opponents including some AAUP members packed hearing and overflow rooms in Columbus Ohio at a committee hearing Wednesday SB 5 a piece of legislation introduced last week seeks to prohibit Ohio public employees including faculty at state universities and colleges from collective bargaining 02 04 2011 AAUP General Secretary Testifies Before Committee On February 3 AAUP General Secretary Gary Rhoades testified before the National Advisory Committee on Institutional

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  • 2011 AAUP Updates | AAUP
    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 News AAUP Updates AAUP in the News AAUP Updates 2015 AAUP Updates 2014 AAUP Updates 2013 AAUP Updates 2012 AAUP Updates 2011 AAUP Updates 2010 AAUP Updates For the Media 2011 AAUP Updates 01 28 2011 Advocacy and Faculty Rights Update 2 1 Kristopher Petersen Overton announced that he has been rehired Cary Nelson called the rehiring a victory for academic freedom and for the faculty 01 27 2011 Government Should Act on For Profit Rules The AAUP along with thirty seven other groups urges the Obama administration to promptly adopt strong and enforceable rules on gainful employment to help curtail documented abuses by for profit colleges 01 04 2011 One Story That Grew a Life of its Own On July 22 2010 AAUP president Cary Nelson discussed BP academic freedom and the perils of corporate funding in BP and Academic Freedom with Inside Higher Ed The story went viral and to Congress Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 AAUP Awards The Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Ed and the Martin D Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education recognize coverage of higher education nationally and aims to encourage thoughtful and comprehensive reporting of higher education issues The awards are given for outstanding coverage of higher education exhibiting analytical and investigative reporting

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  • Reopening Antioch | AAUP
    of the national AAUP s Department of Academic Freedom Tenure and Shared Governance met with the interim Antioch president and members of the Pro Tem Board in the AAUP s Washington D C office to reiterate those concerns AAUP president Cary Nelson also attended the meeting at the interim president s request The staff reminded those present that the AAUP would follow its standard procedures in handling any complaints received from tenured Antioch faculty who subsequently asserted they were denied appointment to suitable positions at the college after it was reopened Now that Antioch College is about to begin the process of appointing faculty members the AAUP believes that specific guidance to the new college about academic freedom and the rights of faculty who were laid off is appropriate The AAUP recognizes that the new Antioch College is a different legal entity from its predecessor that it will require reaccreditation and that it must phase in faculty appointments as funding and enrollment permit We note also however that the new College continues to invoke not only the history and legacy of the old institution and to bear the name and goodwill of the old but to benefit from many of the tangible assets of the historic Antioch College including the alumni the campus and facilities and the substantial endowment The faculty of the old Antioch College including those faculty who were laid off were at the core of creating and sustaining those assets Thus we believe that such benefits entail certain continuing responsibilities to those long standing employees who are qualified for and remain available for positions in the new college especially the tenured faculty Further although we respect the decision of the new College to phase in faculty appointments as funds and enrollment permit we do not believe that

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