ERIC Number: EJ805119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-27
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Can Reorganization Save the AAUP?
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n42 pA4 Jun 2008
When the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) held its annual meeting in Washington, in mid-June, some members called the gathering the most crucial in the group's 93-year history. On the last day of the meeting, members overwhelmingly approved a restructuring plan that could resolve longstanding problems, which include declining membership, budget deficits, and conflicts created by the AAUP's dual mission to defend academic freedom while acting as a collective-bargaining union. Advocates of the restructuring say the organization will do the same things it always has, only better. The plan divides the AAUP into three pieces: (1) a professional association that promotes academic freedom and other professorial concerns; (2) a collective-bargaining unit; and (3) a fund-raising arm called the AAUP Foundation. However, some AAUP members are not so sure that its troubles are over: two of the largest chapters are so unhappy with the way it has conducted business that they have pulled out of the AAUP's union arm. Although, in financial terms, the departures may be largely symbolic, AAUP President Cary Nelson said he got the message: The campus chapters want the organization to get its act together. With the restructuring plan in place, the AAUP might have taken some big steps on the path to doing so.
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Collective Bargaining, Unions, Professional Associations, Organizational Change, Organizational Objectives, Fund Raising, Group Membership, Budgets, College Faculty
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