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AAUP's Response to the Budget Crisis
The current executive committee will meet this Friday at 12:00 p.m. in Hov. 104. The meetings are open to everyone. Contact: Dwaine Plaza
AAUP is the only national organization exclusively representing the interests of all college and university faculty members. Founded in 1915, the AAUP
Active AAUP membership is open to teaching faculty, research scholars,
professional librarians, or counselors with faculty status. Membership
categories also include Active entrant, a reduced dues membership
offered to non tenured faculty for up to seven years; Active part-time,
Graduate Student, and Public member. To become a member of the national organization go to Join the AAUP.
The American Association of University Professors has members at more than 2000 institutions with local chapters at 960 campuses and 33 state conferences which unite chapter organizations on a state wide basis. The following are among the most important national AAUP issues.
Academic Freedom and Tenure
The 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom, jointly
authored by AAUP and the Association of American Colleges, is the
definitive interpretation of academic freedom and is the model for all
subsequent policies and standards.
Thousands of faculty members call the AAUP each year for advice and help about academic freedom and tenure issues. AAUP responds to academic freedom violations by assisting faculty members to obtain due process through mediation and consultation. Grave violations may result in on site investigations and censure of the administration. Investigative reports are published in the AAUP journal Academe thereby informing the academic community of departures from sound practices. AAUP's amicus briefs before the Supreme Court and appelate courts on issues concerning academic freedom safeguard academic practices and advance the court's understanding of academic principles. AAUP's Academic Freedom Fund and its Legal Defense Fund provide financial support in selected cases that raise significant academic freedom issues.
Government RelationsAAUP is an authoritative voice in Washington and state capitals on higher education issues at a time when government decisions greatly influence what happens on campus. AAUP monitors legislation and provides expert testimony from a faculty perspective. When mandatory retirement was abolished in 1986, AAUP was designated by Congress as a member of the Research committee to determine the effect of uncapping on higher education.
Faculty Salary Data and AnalysisAAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession is a comprehensive analysis of faculty salaries and fringe benefits. Over 2100 individual institutions are listed by category, with compensation for faculty rank and gender. AAUP members receive the report as a special issue of our journal Academe. AAUP's Higher Education Salary Evaluation Kit provides guidance in assessing equity in faculty compensation. It also includes comparison group salary reports specific to different types of institutions.
Collective BargainingAAUP supports faculty collective bargaining at the option of local chapters as an additional means for advancing professional standards. AAUP chapters negotiate independently, subject to the same standards as non bargaining campuses. Chapter contracts are designed to insure academic freedom and tenure, advance economic and professional interests, and promote collegial governance.
Special ProjectsThe AAUP initiates special projects concerning faculty and the academic profession. Recent projects include
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