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AAUP on Maricopa Shared Governance Changes

April 27, 2018

The American Association of University Professors is concerned about “apparent departures from generally accepted principles of academic governance” within the Maricopa Community College District, it said in a letter to the district’s governing board Thursday. The association said it had been alerted by district faculty members to a February board resolution to terminate a “meet and confer” provision in the faculty policy manual and create a new manual limiting the participation of the faculty in institutional governance. The “meet and confer” policy pertained to an “agreement regarding change with respect to responsibilities, wages, governance, benefits and all other terms and conditions of residential faculty employment.”

The AAUP also questioned an administrative directive saying that campus faculty senate presidents and representatives “must be dutiful in avoiding any [Faculty Executive Council] or Faculty Association-related work or conversations during business hours.” Such a directive violates faculty members’ academic freedom, including the freedom to express their views on institutional policies, the AAUP said. A district spokesperson referred questions to the governing board’s president, Laurin Hendrix, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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