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Tenure, Academic Freedom, and More

  • Academic Freedom
    NEA fights to protect Academic Freedom at both the campus and government levels, to ensure protection for the faculty and quality for the student.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Resources
    HBCUs face increasing challenges for funding and student enrollment. NEA is committed to HBCU  sustainability and student success, e.g., through legislative advocacy, collective bargaining for faculty and staff, community partnerships, and collaboration with administration.
  • Tenure
    Tenure is fundamental to the academy, but is facing threats on several fronts. See attached policies and articles on the topic.
  • Higher Education Funding
    In the midst of the national financial crises, higher education funding faces major challenges at national, state, and campus levels.
  • Contingent or Adjunct Faculty Members
    Colleges and universities are rapidly increasing their reliance on non-tenured and part-time faculty and staff, who often are low-paid and loosely connected to campuses. It's a development that threatens the strength of institutions and the quality of student education.
  • Distance Education
    Financial and other pressures are increasing the reliance on non-traditional delivery of education. NEA is analyzing these developments closely to protect academic quality and the rights of faculty and staff.
  • Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property rights go the heart of an academic’s self identity. NEA fights to protect creators rights in an age of corporatization.


NEA Higher Education Position Statments

Quality and Higher Education: Defining Our Stance

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