Faculty advocacy group removes Loyola from censure list
Loyola press release - June 13, 2011
The American Association of University Professors today announced that the organization has officially lifted the censure it placed on Loyola University New Orleans in 2007 following programming changes the university made as a result of Hurricane Katrina. University officials have worked for the last several years with representatives of Loyola’s AAUP chapter and the University Senate to resolve the issues pertaining to the censure.
“Being removed from the censure list is a very positive step for the university,” said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “It reflects our faculty and staff’s dedication to providing a positive learning environment for our students, and is yet another indication of the university’s recovery from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.”
Loyola was placed on the AAUP’s censured universities list following the implementation of its “Pathways” plan in 2006. The university was forced to restructure several academic programs due to a sharp decrease in enrollment, resulting in the elimination of several programs and the termination of some faculty members.
The purpose of the AAUP is to advance academic freedom and shared governance. The group voted on the censure removal on Saturday and made the announcement public this morning.