Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Presidential Address

AAUP National
June 15th, 2015

It is truly an honor to stand before you today at the 101st annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors, the meeting that is the bookend to the celebration of our centennial.  I want to start by reading to you a part of our mission statement that has been updated for the twenty-first century but whose essence clearly has remained the same throughout our century-long history:
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
In some ways it is perhaps the very last phrase, “to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good,” that is at the same time the most important and the most endangered part of our mission, due to the unprecedented crisis in higher education today.

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