AAUP National December 2020 Chapter Leader Digest

January 08, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

by AAUP National

December 2020 Chapter Leader Digest


Recommendations to the Biden Administration
In a December 7 listening session with the Biden-Harris transition team and other higher ed advocacy organizations, AAUP president Irene Mulvey urged the incoming administration to take steps to ensure a better future for higher education; support students, faculty, and staff; and reverse specific Trump administration policies. You can read her remarks here.

Data Snapshot: Faculty of Color and Full-Time Women Faculty
Last week the AAUP released a data snapshot providing an updated demographic profile of full-time faculty by academic rank and institution type, highlighting disparities among women and people of color in an effort to analyze demographic breakdowns and salary differences. Read more here.

Graphic about racial and ethnic composition of faculty

Chapter Grants Approved
At its November meeting, the AAUP Council approved a CB chapter mobilization grant for the University of Akron AAUP chapter. It also approved CB chapter litigation grants for our Akron and Union County College chapters. Learn more about these grant programs here.

Coalition Work
The AAUP has joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education advocacy groups in several recent actions:

  • With more than 100 other higher education associations, we sent a letter to House and Senate leaders documenting the extreme financial stress that colleges and universities have been under during the pandemic. The letter calls on Congress to enact another round of stimulus and to include at least $120 billion for higher education.
  • We urged the administration to withdraw Executive Order 13950 (Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping) because it is misguided and unnecesary.
  • We asked for updated guidance to allow flexibility for existing international students in the United States to attend hybrid or online programs of study in the spring semester. We also asked that new international students be allowed to travel to the US to attend programs that have had to move online due to COVID. In response to the letter, fall guidance was extended through the spring semester.

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