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Welcome to the Nebraska Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

The mission of the AAUP is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

2012 State Meeting: October 6 @ UNL

The 2012 State Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 6 on the UNL City Campus. The topic will be the challenges of maintaining academic freedom and faculty governance amid budgetary limitations. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Hans-Joerg Tiede of Illinois Wesleyan University, who serves on AAUP's national Committee A on Academic Freedom and on the Committee on College and University Governance. Other speakers include Amy Miller, ACLU Nebraska Legal Director and members of the Nebraska State Conference of AAUP. Click "read more" to continue to the conference schedule:

Governor Unclear on Academic Freedom

Governor Heineman sent a letter to NU President J.B. Milliken criticizing the University for the research of a faculty member on the implications of Medicaid expansion for the state; Milliken set Heineman straight on Academic Freedom: http://tiny.cc/0kymlw

2011 State Meeting, November 5 @ UNO

The Nebraska State Conference of the AAUP will hold our Fall Meeting on Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m, in the Collaborating Commons area of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building.

Arizona AG eliminates Mexican-American studies in high schools

As of January 1, 2011, a new Arizona law makes it more difficult to teach ethnic studies classes in high school. Enforcement of the law has particularly targeted Mexican-American studies classes as "propagandizing."

Call for Nominations

Electronic ballots for these offices will be included with the March 2011 ballots for national elections, although the terms of office will not begin until January 2012. Each position has a two-year term, although the Vice President will also be the President Elect (serving a 2014-2015 presidential term). To nominate a colleague or yourself, contact Sarah Kelen (see contact page).

Program Cuts at SUNY-Albany

Bad news for our colleagues in New York: SUNY-Albany has announced cuts in French, Russian, Italian, Classics, and Theatre.

Perlman Speaks Out For Academic Freedom

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman had a "Local View" article published in the Lincoln Journal Star in response to a complaint by members the Tribal Council of the Omaha Nation regarding the research and teaching of UNL Prof. Mark Awakuni-Swetland.

Dana College to Close

Dana College, which had been struggling financially, announced this spring that it was in negotiations for sale to a for-profit corporation. This summer, the Higher Learning Commission informed the College that the HLC would not renew Dana's accreditation if the sale were to go through. Dana has therefore announced its closure.

Nebraska State Conference Website: Best of 2010

Best State Conference Website 2010

The website was developed last summer by Bill McClung and Sarah Kelen; the web hosting has been funded by a 2009 Development Grant by the ASC. We hope this website has been helpful in keeping both members and non-members informed about issues that matter in Nebraska higher education.

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