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AAUP Guidelines for Higher Education Response to Covid-19

We present the following document that reprints the PRINCIPLES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION RESPONSE TO COVID-19, currently being distributed by the national office along with some institution-specific guidelines endorsed by the University of Iowa chapter of the AAUP:

Guidelines for the University of Iowa's Response to Covid-19.pdf

Shared governance’s compliance with P3 isn’t the same as approval

True, UI President Bruce Harreld and other representatives of the central administration met with Faculty Senate and Faculty Council a number of times to inform us of their deliberations and answer our questions. However, it quickly became clear that they had already decided to move forward on this risky scheme. [...]

The main concern which faculty raised at every meeting, and to which no one from president on down had a satisfactory response, was how this scheme would affect state appropriations. What’s to stop the Legislature from reducing them in proportion to the millions of dollars we will now be competing over in the coming years? The answer: Nothing. 

Indeed, insofar as the scheme was originally proposed by the governor, it would appear likely that such deappropriation was part of the plan.

Letter of Introduction from Chapter President Prof. Loren Glass

Dear chapter members, fellow travelers, and other interested parties,


It is a pleasure and a privilege to introduce myself to you as your new chapter president. This message is intended to give you an idea of how I understand my role and what issues I see as important to address in the coming year. I also hope to use this message as a recruitment tool. After finishing, if you approve of what you’ve read, please forward it to at least three people who you think might want to join the AAUP [...] click here for more

Highlights and events from around the academic world

Cox, who died unexpectedly in his home early Sunday at age 72, proved a convincing force for his convictions over the years — and he had a lot of them.

In addition to his longtime position as tenured professor of British social, imperial and religious history at the University of Iowa — where he also served in leadership positions including chair of the History Department and president of the Faculty Senate — Cox was widely involved in the community.

He served as chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party; was involved with Progressive Democrats of America; recruited candidates for local, state and national office; and became a vocal advocate on a range of issues — pushing UI and Iowa City leaders, for example, to treat student alcohol abuse as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

Many across the community will remember Cox for his tireless political activism and commitment to brash candor. For more than 30 years, he coedited a community newsletter, The Prairie Progressive, and just recently was asked to write about the Iowa caucuses for The Nation, a progressive political publication. His first piece was published there this week.

While COGS has successfully negotiated reductions in fees through past contracts, the University continues to manipulate how fees are classified to keep increasing charges. Fees like those facing international and first-year graduate workers are not covered by this scholarship because, while required, they do not fall under the University’s official, but seemingly arbitrary, category of “mandatory fees.”

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