News from State Conference President Dan Murphy, Dec 14, 2015
It is a busy time of the year as we wind up the term and look forward to the Holidays.
Even as we prepare for a vacation, important issues need to be considered. Last April, the General Assembly gave the Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE) the authority to review, and if necessary restructure programs with low graduation rates at Ivy Tech. Those of you who attended our Spring Meeting know that this deal was cut very late in the session, and without any opportunity for us to offer public comment. This was a significant moment in the history of higher education in Indiana; a state agency was given unusual power over the curriculum of a state educational institution, raising serious concerns about academic freedom and shared governance at Ivy Tech. ICHE ran with its new authority, and a few days ago issued a report on Ivy Tech. The report and its recommendations can be read here:
This will be a major area of interest for the Conference as we approach a new legislative session. If you are interested in working with our Government Relations Committee, contact me at email@example.com.
We continue to monitor the situation at Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central, where the merger into Purdue University Northwest has raised concerns about shared governance.
When faced with issues concerning shared governance and academic freedom, there is no better guide than the AAUP's famed Redbook - it's Policy Documents and Reports. The Eleventh Edition of this invaluable resource was published by Johns Hopkins University Press at the end of 2014. Johns Hopkins is having a 40% off holiday sale on its books through December 31. Use the code HHOL at checkout. Also pick up ASC President Hans-Joerg Tiede's University Reform about the founding of the AAUP.
The National AAUP continues to address issues that resonate with our situation in Indiana. Here is a link to a brief statement on the rights of faculty members on renewable term appointments:
Here is a statement on "Campus Carry " laws. There have been efforts in the Indiana legislature in recent years to allow "concealed carry" on our campuses - something that we have opposed.
Would you like to get involved with the AAUP on the state level? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org - officer elections will be held next fall and we are looking for candidates!
Would you like to organize a chapter of the AAUP on your campus? It only takes seven members to establish a chapter.
Here is a link to join the AAUP - share this with your colleagues!
Here is more information on starting a chapter.
The ICAAUP Chapter Services Director is Rebecca Mullen who can be reached at:
Have a wonderful Holiday Season!Daniel Murphy