Sanders Receives 2004 Henry T. Yost Congressional Recognition Award
American Association of University Professors (AAUP) awarded the
Henry T. Yost Congressional Recognition Award to Representative
Bernie Sanders of Vermont on June 10. More
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Report on Space Utilization
Legislative Analyst's Office
has produced a report concerning space utilization for higher education
facilities in the state. The LAO concludes that current standards
could be simplified and made more flexible to facilitate decision-making.
is available in html format.
the 2003-2004 California State Budget
Legislative Analyst's Office
provides analyses of legislative happenings in the state. To better
understand the effects of the 2003-2004 California State Budget
on education and other services, please explore the in-depth
analysis the LAO has published. The discussion of Higher Education
begins on page 11.
of the Higher Education Act
AAUP has created
a Higher Education Act webpage.
The page hosts a downloadable pamphlet entitled “The
Higher Education Act: A Faculty Perspective on Reauthorization”
which amplifies our core themes--access, quality, diversity, and
openness--that will guide our work on the reauthorization process.
AAUP has joined other higher education associations in submitting
to Congress “Recommendations
for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.”
State Legislative Information Service and California
In July 2002,
the AAUP Government Relations Office contracted with a Legislative
Information Service (STATENET) in order to receive an online legislative
reporting service for all 50 states. This service will enable the
office to receive daily updates from each of the 50 states on bills
on selected issues.
The AAUP selected
issues includes a broad range of topics of concern to our membership:
* Collective Bargaining and Unions
* Universities and Colleges
* Teacher Evaluation, Merit Pay, and Career Ladders
* State Education Agencies
For each of
those issues StateNet will provide AAUP’s Government Relations Office
access to Legislative Status Reports, Bill Texts, Legislative Session
Calendars, and state Legislative Directories. This will allow the
national office to see issues coming up in state legislatures, and
put us in a better position to help state conferences and chapters
respond to those issues.
In a period
when state budgets are experiencing extreme revenue shortfalls,
Conferences and AAUP members in general are going to have to work
very hard to ensure that higher education receives the necessary
public support from state governments. In the last two years, state
spending on higher education has been cut back severely. The previous
decade saw very good times for higher education, with average state
tax appropriations on higher education increasing 59 percent. Thirty
states increased their spending by over 50 percent during the decade,
but by early 2002, more than two-thirds of the states were facing
budget deficits. And, unlike the federal government, most states
have constitutional mandates to balance their budgets from year
to year. This problem is amplified by the fact that even during
the 1990s, when states were increasing aid to higher education in
absolute terms, a national commission on college costs concluded
that a relative drop in state aid was the primary factor responsible
for the rising price of a college education.
course, is the funding crisis more acute than in California, and
the AAUP’s Government Relations Office will be working closely with
the California Conference of the AAUP. Together, our collective
goal is to respond in a timely manner to developments in the state
as we determine how best to distribute and use the tremendous amounts
of information provided to us by the StateNet service, and work
with our various constituencies in California to ensure that our
lobbying response on these issues is as coherent and effective as