2018 AAUP & CBC In the News

10.01.2018 | Northeast Valley News

The Maricopa Faculty Association has filed a 13-page complaint with an accreditation body after AAUP announced opening an investigation to “formally investigate apparent departures from widely adopted standards of academic governance at Maricopa County Community College.” But Hans-Joerg Tiede, the Associate Secretary of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance at AAUP, said neither MCCC's administration or board acknowledged his previous inquiries about the elimination of the "meet-and-confer” provision of the faculty policy manual.

09.19.2018 | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Betsy DeVos criticized actions taken by some college administrators regarding campus free speech. But Michael Behrent, author of report on campus free-speech legislation, says that the overall problem on campus speech issues is that they’re really about defending particular political positions rather than considering the full scope of free speech on campus.

09.06.2018 | Lafayette Journal & Courier

Two weeks after AAUP called out Purdue Global over questions of academic freedom, the online university announced that it would scrap the four-page confidentiality agreements faculty at the former Kaplan University are required to sign before they may teach.

09.05.2018 | The Chronicle of Higher Education

So far, no other online institution has been found using broad nondisclosure agreements of the type Purdue University Global requires. And while Kaplan educators have spoken at consortium meetings while the NDA was in effect, that doesn’t take into account how such policies make faculty members feel about their own professionalism. What information are faculty not sharing because their employer considers that bit confidential?

09.04.2018 | Inside Higher Education

Rutgers University is walking back its finding that James Livingston, a professor who posted antiwhite comments about gentrification in his neighborhood on Facebook last spring, violated Rutgers's discrimination and harassment policy. An advisory letter sent to the Rutgers University AAUP chapter dissected the Office of Employment Equity's report in light of AAUP and Rutgers policies on freedom of speech

08.29.2018 | Inside Higher Education

The Century Foundation used a public records request to pursue details about Purdue University Global has now released details of a “policy guide” that reveal an unusual demand: the new public university forces students to arbitrate “all disputes, controversies, and claims” and to waive their right to a jury trial.

08.23.2018 | Indiana Public Media

Vice President of Indiana’s AAUP conference and Purdue Northwest professor David Nalbone says Purdue Global's NDA limits the way faculty share items as simple as a class syllabus. "By extension it’s going to harm students, because if faculty are not free to do their job they might be delivering substandard academic quality."

08.23.2018 | Journal & Courier

Confidentiality agreements at Purdue Global are causing a stir over academic freedom. As Purdue profs protest, Purdue Global chancellor says: ‘It’s just not a big deal’