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NYS AAUP Chapter Service Program

New York State Conference of American Association of University Professors

What is the Chapter Service Program?

The NYS Conference Chapter Service program is intended to strengthen campus chapters. A strong local faculty advocacy organization is the best means to : 

  • Organize and empower faculty governance bodies
  • Provide specific services to faculty members
  • Protect, sustain, and advance the principles and standards of the academic profession.

Why is it necessary?

The local campus chapter of AAUP is the front line for the defense, sustenance, and enhancement of faculty interests. The better organized and developed the local chapter, the better faculty interests will be served. The NYS Conference has many years of experience in assisting campus chapters in developing and maint aining their local programs. In conjunction with the Assembly of State Conferences of AAUP, we are now able to offer a greater array of support services to local chapters. These services are available to any organized chapter, faculty members who wish to form a chapter on their campus, or professors who need information about the AAUP and what it does. 

What does the Chapter Service Program provide?

  • Academic Freedom and Tenure Services:
    • Assistance and advice on individual cases.
    • Consultation and training for chapter leaders in academic due process.
    • Providing observers for grievance and disciplinary hearings.
    • Referral to NYS attorneys with experience in higher education legal issues.
    • Access to the Conference Legal Defense Fund.
  • Campus Governance Services:
    • Analysis and advice on the revision of campus governance documents.
    • Consultation and assistance on “assessment” requirements.
    • Comprehensive review of faculty handbooks and institutional regulations.
    • Assistance in developing strategies to strengthen faculty governance.
    • Consultation on the evaluation of academic administrators.
  • Institutional Budget and Financial Analysis Services:
    • Consultation and assistance in the effective use of budget and financial data.
    • Assistance and consultation in the publication of faculty and administrator’s salaries.
    • Comprehensive analysis of college and university finances.
    • Analysis of administrative “bloat” and the comparison of administrative expenses with peer institutions.
    • Comparison of faculty salaries with peer institutions.
    • Analysis and assistance in the design and evaluation of employee benefit plans.
    • Assistance in the evaluation of equity in salary distribution.
  • Media Relations Services:
    • Assistance and consultation in the development and production of chapter newsletters.
    • Assistance in developing media relations campaigns.
    • Consultation in dealing with the press.
    • The development and production of chapter radio announcements.
    • Assistance in contacting newspaper, radio, and television reporters who cover higher education.
    • Chapter Organization and Program Development Services:
    • Workshops on chapter membership development.
    • Assistance in chapter leadership training.
    • Assistance in providing expert speakers on current issues in higher education.

For additional information contact:

Sally Dear-Healy (sdearhealeyaaup@gmail.com
NYS AAUP Conference Executive Director 
PO Box 20047
Rochester, NY 14602
888.690.2287
585.719.7137
585.424.2772 Fax

NYSC AAUP Government Relations Program

New York State Conference of American Association of University Professors

2012-2017

The mission of the NYS AAUP Conference is to champion academic freedom and shared governance, to advance the quality of higher education and to provide a unified voice for the professoriate and academic professionals across the state of New York to discuss concerns and communicate issues. To that end, the NYS AAUP Conference has aligned its legislative and lobbying efforts to address issues through legislative monitoring and advocacy..

The program values the following principles as stated by The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education and will be guided by them as they address the legislature:

  • Higher education in the 21st Century must be inclusive; it should be available and affordable to all who can benefit from and want a college education.
  • The curriculum for a quality 21st Century education must be broad and diverse.
  • Quality higher education in the 21st Century will require a sufficient investment in excellent faculty who have the academic freedom, terms of employment, and institutional support needed to do state-of-the-art professional work.
  • Quality higher education in the 21st Century should incorporate technology in ways that expand opportunity and maintain quality.
  • Quality education in the 21st Century will require the pursuit of real efficiencies and the avoidance of false economies.
  • Quality higher education in the 21st Century will require substantially more public investment over current levels.
  • Quality higher education in the 21st Century cannot be measured by a standardized, simplistic set of metrics.
  • Legislative Monitoring/Lobbying Program is divided into the following categories:
  • Funding/Budgeting

The goal of the NYS AAUP Conference effort is to increase state funding for public higher education to adequate and appropriate levels by continually advocating that public education is an investment for the future of our country and that the burden should be shifted to the state, away form students.

Education

The NYS AAUP Conference must continue to demand the financial autonomy of public higher educational institutions. Our goals for 2017:

 

ADEQUATELY FUND HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEW YORK STATE BY:

 

  • FULLY FUNDING BUNDY-AID
    • Bundy Aid has been flat since 2012 putting private sector colleges and universities in fiscal distress

  • FULLY FUND BOTH SUNY AND CUNY’S BUDGET SO THE STATE’S SHARE IS 75%
    • In the last 30 years the share of state support has dropped from 75% to below 30% for state campuses, putting stress on funding and causing tuition and fees to rise

  • ONCE FUNDING LEVELS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED, PROVIDE  MAINTAINACE OF EFFORT LEGISLATION
    •  To ensure higher education institutions, students and families can plan, it is important to provide a base of constant real support

  • HAVE THE STATE LIVE UP TO THE FUNDING FORMULA FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES BY PROVIDING A FULL THIRD OF TOTAL FUNDING
    • Neither the state or counties have lived up to their obligations to provide funding while asking community colleges to become the new engines of economic growth

THE STATE’S FAILURE TO FUND HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEW YORK IS AT THE ROOT OF THE CURRENT STUDENT DEBT PROBLEM.  FULL FUNDING WILL GO A LONG WAY TORWARDS THE GOVERNOR’S GOAL OF FREE TUITION AND OVER TIME WILL BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE.

 

TO ENSURE PROPER FUNDING STATE REVENUES MUST BE ADEQUATE

  • EXTEND THE MILLIONAIRES’ TAX AND MAKE IT MORE PROGRESSIVE
    • The millionaires’ tax bring in more than $4 billion and should be extended. Adding additional brackets will improve fairness while adding revenue which could go to fund higher education

  • REPEAL INEFFECTIVE TAX CREDITS
    • Tax credits have been shown to be an ineffective way to create economic development and should be reviewed and repealed if they are found not to be effective

 NEW YORK STATE NEEDS TO ENSURE FAIRNESS TO ALL OF ITS CITIZENS

  • PASS THE NYS DREAM ACT
  • PASS REAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
  • SUPPORT LEGISLATION RECOMMITTING NEW YORK STATE TO THE SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR

 

 

For additional information contact:

Fred Floss

NYSC Committee on Government Relations

FLOSSFG@BUFFALOSTATE.EDU

(716) 878-3374  

AAUP - Censured and Sanctioned Institutions in New York

From time to time, after an on-campus investigation and subsequent consideration, the American Association of University Professors censures particular institutional administrations or boards of trustees for “not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure endorsed by this Association, the Association of American Colleges, and over 100 other professional and educational organizations.” These principles may be found in the 1940 Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure; they are reprinted yearly in the January-February issue of (national) Academe.

Likewise, Institutions can be sanctioned for infringement of governance standards after Association investigations revealed serious departures from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by this Association, as set forth in the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities and derivative governance documents. Institutions are placed on or removed from this sanction list by vote of the Association’s annual meeting.

From time to time, the AAUP removes institutions from the censure or sanction list if past injustices have been rectified and if institutional arrangements have been sufficiently improved to warrant removal. Colleges and universities are glad to get off the censure list.

In the May-June issue of Academe each year, developments (if any) which might lead to the removal of censure from each censured institution are briefly summarized. National AAUP urges each individual considering appointment at a censured institution to seek information on present conditions of academic freedom and tenure there before accepting an appointment. Consult the AAUP’s national office, 1012 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 (800-424-2973), and prospective colleagues at the institution; then use your discretion.

Review the complete listing of AAUP Censured Institutions in the US

Review the complete listing of AAUP Sanctioned Institutions in the US


Two Institutions in New York state is now on censure by the AAUP because of unsatisfactory conditions of academic freedom on campus.

College of Saint Rose

In terminating the appointments of twenty-three tenured and tenure-track faculty members absent a declaration of financial exigency or a demonstrably bona fide formal program discontinuance for educational reasons, the board of trustees and administration of the College of Saint Rose violated basic tenets of the joint 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and derivative procedural standards set forth in Regulation 4 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. The “academic prioritization” process that led to the program cuts, moreover, was entirely inconsistent with relevant AAUP-recommended standards for program discontinuance set forth in Regula­tions 4d(1) through 4d(3) of the Recommended Institutional Regulations.

State University of New York 1978 [PDF]

Censure followed a report on the dismissal of more than one hundred faculty members in the state university system on grounds of retrenchment. The report concluded that the administration had acted without demonstrating the existence of a state of financial exigency mandating the termination of continuing appointments.

Over the years the staff has conveyed to successive chancellors of the State University of New York concerns over specific policies and procedures governing faculty appointments. Issues of redress also remain to be resolved.

No new developments over the past year can be reported.

Two Institutions in New York Sate are currently on sanction by the AAUP for infringement of governance standards after Association investigations revealed serious departures from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by this Association, as set forth in the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities and derivative governance documents. 

Elmira College (NY) 1995

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 2011


 

Shared Governence

Shared Governance

  • Shared Governance is the principle that higher educational institutions operate most effectively when their various constituents each play an appropriate role in governing the college or university. One of the founding documents that explain these roles is the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities written by the American Association of University Professors, the American Council on Education and the Association of Governing Boards and Colleges. In this document the authors explicate the primary responsibilities of the governing board, president, faculty and students. For example, the primary responsibilities of the faculty are curriculum, instruction, research, faculty status and the educational process of the students. The implications of the Statement are far-reaching and subject to the specific conditions of each institution. Specific models or best practices are not spelled out as these change over time and reflect the specific nature of each institution. The New York State AAUP Committee on Shared Governance is committed to helping all institutions of higher learning within the state attains their highest ideals of shared governance.

2) The NYSC AAUP Committee on College and University Governance can consult and offer advice regarding:

  • the revision of campus governance documents;
  • review of faculty handbooks and institutional regulations;
  • strategies to strengthen faculty governance;
  • the evaluation of academic administrators.

3) Please review these documents, before contacting us

1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities

Additional AAUP resources on shared governance

4) If you have a shared governance question or issue, please email AAUP’s Executive Director,

Sally Dear-Healey at sdearhealeyaaup@gmail.com