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AAUP to Investigate Firing of PTer at Colorado Comm College

by Quincy Snowdon

The American Association of University Professors is going to bat for a former Community College of Aurora employee who alleges he was unfairly fired, the association announced Oct. 24. Past AAUP investigations on behalf of part-time faculty who’ve alleged unfair dismissal include ones at CUNY and North Idaho College.

In a news release, the association said it will send an investigating committee to CCA Dec. 2 to conduct interviews with staff in an effort to learn more about the firing of former adjunct philosophy professor Nathanial Bork.

CCA adjunct faculty member Nathanial Bork alleges his college employer demanded he lower academic standards. (Photo N. Bork)

CCA adjunct faculty member Nathanial Bork alleges his college employer demanded he lower academic standards. (Photo N. Bork)

A professor at CCA for about six years, Bork was allegedly let go from his part-time position for failing to implement a “curriculum redesign” in an introductory philosophy class, according to the association. They claim Bork was released Sept. 13, “soon after” he sent a letter to the Higher Learning Commission — CCA’s accreditor — that took issue with the proposed curricular changes.

Those changes allegedly included a 20 percent reduction in course content, a required 80 percent student success rate, a reduction in writing assignments, the required use of a paper-grading

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