For the past century, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has developed standards for sound academic practice at the same time as working for the acceptance of these standards by the higher education community. The Association has long been viewed as the authoritative voice of the academic profession on this regard.
The AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports (widely referred to as the Redbook on account of the color of its cover) presents in convenient format quite a lot of policies, in some instances formulated in cooperation with other educational organizations. The current edition, the eleventh, includes basic statements on academic freedom, tenure, and due process; academic governance; professional ethics; research and teaching; online and distance education; intellectual property; discrimination; collective bargaining; accreditation; and students’ rights and freedoms.
The new edition has been thoroughly up to date and reorganized thematically. Brief historical introductions have been added to every section, at the side of an introductory essay on incorporating AAUP principles into faculty handbooks. A number of the eighteen new reports included on this edition are statements on academic freedom and outdoor speakers, campus sexual assault, the inclusion of faculty on contingent appointments in academic governance, and salary-setting practices that unfairly disadvantage women faculty.