AAUP@FHSU


Oregon leads the way in organizing

We have great news to report! Yesterday, faculty at both the Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University moved to form unions affiliated with the AAUP. With this, faculty at all public universities in the state have joined together in unions in an effort to protect quality higher education and strengthen teaching, learning, and research. It’s a powerful movement and an important counter to widespread attacks on academics, education, and public institutions.

Faculty unions, nonunionized AAUP chapters, and faculty senates are crucial vehicles for democracy in the academic workplace. They champion academic freedom, advance shared governance, and promote economic security for all who teach and conduct research in higher education.

That’s why we help organize and protect the faculty voice, and why we’re proud to see our ranks growing in Oregon. The new AAUP union chapter at Oregon Tech will represent 180 full-time faculty members, on and off the tenure track. The faculty aims to strengthen shared governance and to establish a legally enforceable contract with respect to working conditions, pay, and benefits.

United Academics of Oregon State University will be comprised of more than 2,400 members. As a faculty union jointly affiliated with the AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers, United Academics seeks to strengthen shared governance, improve working conditions, and create the best possible environment for teaching, learning, research, and outreach.

We warmly welcome these new members to the AAUP! If you’re active on social media, you can help us welcome them by sharing the news on Facebook or Twitter.

The AAUP


They’re Privatizing Purdue

In five days the Higher Learning Commission, Purdue’s regional accrediting body, will vote on the final step toward privatization. If the HLC votes in favor, online courses at public land-grant Purdue University will be produced and run by for-profit higher ed corporation Kaplan.

The Indiana conference of the AAUP, along with the Purdue Social Justice Coalition, Hoosiers for Action, UnKoch My Campus, In the Public Interest, American Federation of Teachers, and elected officials across the state of Indiana have mounted a bold coalition-based resistance to this privatization deal. But we need your help.

Stand with us in urging the Higher Learning Commission to vote against accrediting Kaplan’s online program at Purdue until issues of transparency, student welfare, and academic quality are resolved. Sign our #KeepPurduePublic petition.

Additionally, if you’re a community leader, serving as a local elected official or at the helm of an organization, sign our Leader Sign-on Letter.

Kaplan is notorious. And the lack of transparency with which the Purdue-Kaplan deal has been advanced is troubling — even more so when considering Kaplan’s record of unaccountability to their students.

As Senators Dick Durbin and Sherrod Brown point out in their September 2017 letter cautioning Purdue University President Mitch Daniels: “Like nearly every major for-profit college, Kaplan has been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations and lawsuits. In 2014, the company reached a settlement with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to settle allegations that it made misleading marketing claims to Florida students. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reached a settlement with Kaplan in 2015 related to inflated job placement numbers and unfair recruiting practices. Also in 2015, the company agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice more than $1 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit.”

Tell the Higher Learning Commission to #KeepPurduePublic and say #NoKaplan.

Or if you’re a community leader, sign here.

This is just one piece of a bold coalition-based movement we’re building to keep privatization out of public higher education. We hope you’ll join us.

In Solidarity,
David P. Nalbone, PhD
Purdue University Northwest
Vice President, Indiana Conference of the AAUP


P.S. Here’s even more background information on the Purdue-Kaplan deal to share with friends and colleagues: