Statement of the AAUP Louisiana Conference to the AAUP Special Committee of Inquiry

August 29, 2006

It is the sense of the Conference that there has been a continuing erosion of the principles of shared governance and academic freedom in the state-wide public and private academic community that has sharply accelerated in the post-Katrina period. This erosion threatens to compromise severely the ability of the state to maintain the faculty infrastructure crucial to the cultural and economic well-being of the state as well as to degrade the system of academic tenure, the underpinning of academic freedom .

This erosion manifests itself in a variety of ways: