AAUP Foundation

The AAUP Foundation is organized to fund the charitable and educational purposes of the AAUP, including supporting principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society. 


  • The new volume, edited by Michael Bérubé, examines academic freedom issues relating to the Steven Salaita case, Catholic institutions, IRBs, Title IX, and more.The Journal of Academic Freedom is published by the AAUP with funding from the AAUP Foundation.

  • The AAUP Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its Centennial Contest. The theme for the Contest was  “Academic Freedom: Its Concept, Its History, Its Successes, and Its Failures,” and the winning submissions embody the Centennial Contest theme.

  • Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships, an AAUP report published in book form by the AAUP Foundation, is now available for purchase from booksellers and the University of Illinois Press.

  • The AAUP Foundation is the charitable arm of the AAUP enterprise, which also includes the AAUP (a professional association), and the AAUP-CBC (a labor union). All three share a commitment to academic freedom and shared governance and to ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good. 

Featured Programs

Academic Freedom

The AAUP Foundation supports projects that safeguard academic freedom to encourage free inquiry, promote the expansion of knowledge, and create an environment in which learning and research can flourish, thereby enhancing the quality of higher education and benefiting society.

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Shared Governance

Governance of higher education institutions traditionally has been a responsibility shared by  faculty, administrators, and trustees. The AAUP Foundation supports work that increases the understanding and efficacy of shared governance in colleges and universities.

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