The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released a statement following Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, warning that President-elect Trump’s win “threatens some of the core institutions of our democracy” and, “may be the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period.”

The statement released jointly by the AAUP and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress referred to Donald Trump’s comments concerning “ideological screening test” for immigrants, as having a limiting effect on foreign students who wished to study in the United States; and, his comments regarding an appointment such as Scalia to the Supreme Court, as a threat to public employee unions; and, Trump’s denial of climate change and “science itself”, as threats to education’s “search for knowledge.”

The organization, which in its history has not endorsed any candidate in a U.S. presidential election, called on a Trump administration to develop a higher education policy, with input by university professors, employees and students.

 

 

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