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 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. 

  • The new volume of the Journal, supported by funding from the AAUP Foundation, examines the status of academic freedom in Hong Kong, India, and Africa; historical, theoretical, and practical notions of academic freedom; and the 1960s Genovese affair at Rutgers University.

  • The AAUP Foundation is proud to have provided funding for the 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops. Two hundred people attended the conference, which featured lectures, paper presentations, and workshops for current and future governance leaders.

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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