This podcast focuses on the 2020-2021 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, which presents findings from the AAUP’s annual Faculty Compensation Survey, as well as taking a deeper dive into the issue of institutional debt, which is covered in a special section of the report. This annual report outlines how years of unstable funding, combined with the impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic, have created an existential threat to shared governance and academic freedom in higher education that severely weakens our nation’s ability to effectively educate our communities.
The guests are Glenn Colby and Eleni Schirmer. Glenn is the senior researcher at the national office of the AAUP. Eleni is a research associate on UCLA’s Initiative for the Future of Finance, which is part of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy. The episode is hosted by Mariah Quinn, the AAUP's senior program officer for digital organizing and chapter services.