CA-AAUP members ratified the new 2015 Constitution on September 16, 2015. You may read the new document here . http://www.caaaup.org/ca-aaup-constitution.html
a working paper from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
Executive Summary Although 50 years of research has shown that faculty/student interaction is crucial to student success, recent trends and newly-adopted practices in higher education actually decrease the possibilities for faculty to interact with students in the amounts and the ways that matter most.
This paper examines the price students pay for several trends in higher education that have gained acceptance without a balanced critical analysis.
If research were driving higher education policy, investing in faculty would be a top priority at every college and university. But what is happening in our country, instead, is a growing disinvestment in faculty.
This paper details how serious and how pervasive this disinvestment in faculty has become, and it discusses the ways in which current policies and practices around faculty hiring and salary are hurting students.
As the research on student success suggests, the churning of the faculty workforce along with reduced opportunities for interaction caused by low salaries and over-reliance on part-time appointments are especially hard on students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students.
If the United States is going to have an educated citizenry for its economy and its democracy, our colleges and universities must do more to provide optimal learning conditions for our increasingly diverse student body.
Given the importance of college degrees for social mobility, especially for low-income people and people of color, our nation’s legislators, university trustees, and campus administrators must make sure that faculty have the time and energy to do all they can and all they want to do for students.
Providing all students with real opportunities for success in college will require a shift in institutional priorities, particularly as reflected in their budgets, to better align our colleges and universities with the core mission of higher education and the role faculty play in carrying it out successfully.
Click here to read the full paper: Back to School in Higher Ed: Who Needs
September 15, 2015
A group of Faculty at National University (NU) have organized an AAUP Advocacy Chapter and are proud to join the tens of thousands of other faculty across California and the nation who belong to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the premier professional association for higher education in the United States. The Advocacy Chapter has been formally recognized by the National AAUP Organization and a formal announcement was made on September 9, 2015 to the Chair of the NU Board of Trustees and the NU President. In establishing the NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter, chapter members join other highly respected California research and teaching institutions like the University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, Whittier College, UCLA, University of Redlands, Santa Clara University, and scores of others. National University is a private, non-profit institution that does not provide tenure for its faculty. The NU AAUP Chapter believes it can be a voice that promotes and defends academic freedom, shared governance, and due process for university faculty. Historically, National University’s Faculty have fared well without tenure and collective bargaining, but there have been cases where ignored shared governance and failed due process issues have threatened this legacy. The new NU AAUP Chapter believes it can be a positive force to address and resolve such issues in the future before they become harmful to the University.
Information on the NUAAUP Chapter, including elected officers and contact information may be found at nuaaup.org.
[NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter Contact: George Beckwith, Ed. D., President: email@example.com; cell: (951) 347-6091 ]