Faculty group criticizes political interference it says is damaging UNC System

From the selection of chancellors to decisions during the COVID-19, the AAUP cites the damaging effects of subtle and overt political pressures.

A national organization of university faculty members released a report Thursday criticizing the UNC System, saying it violates standards of shared governance, threatens academic freedom and fosters institutional racism.

“The University of North Carolina system is in trouble, and not the kind of trouble that record enrollments or good rankings can fix,” the report from the American Association of University Professors says. “It is the kind of trouble that festers and spreads.”

The special committee outlined examples of how it says the system is operating under ”pervasive and overtly partisan political control,” with the state legislature “meddling in academic matters for political reasons” through the UNC System Board of Governors

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