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The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post?doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities.


The AAUP is organized into three interlocked entities under one AAUP umbrella: the AAUP (a professional association), the AAUP-CBC (a labor union), and the AAUP Foundation (a foundation).

This organization aligns AAUP's legal status with its evolving activities, its evolving membership, and its ambitious aims for future programs and services.

To learn more about the AAUP, visit http://www.aaup.org/.