ERIC Number: ED165644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Tenure Planning: An Allegorical Illustration.
Dominguez, John R.
A methodological approach to tenure planning is illustrated in this study that examines the tenure characteristics of a research-oriented institution vis-a-vis other research universities and its own intramural schools and departments. Cross-sectional comparisons and time series projections are made to indicate the relative tenure position of an individual unit. With the exception of the retirement forecasts, most projections are extended to cover either a five- or ten-year period. The study begins by analyzing in the aggregate the tenure policies and the characteristic trends of other institutions and then proceeds to relate this to the institution under investigation, its major schools, and its various departments. The conclusions drawn have both global and local ramifications and can serve as an analytical reference point for most institutions of higher learning. The following are some of the conclusions: (1) most institutions grant tenure and the probability of overall tenure abolition is highly unlikely; (2) Massachusetts is among the group of 25 states with the highest tenure ratios within the United States; (3) the establishing of institutional tenure guidelines is a necessary first step towards planning and rationalizing the tenure process; and (4) it is a questionable issue as to whether tenure automatically ensures a higher grade of scholarship. (Author/JMD)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Age, College Administration, College Faculty, College Planning, Comparative Analysis, Cross Sectional Studies, Departments, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Personnel Policy, Prediction, Retirement, Statistical Data, Tenure, Trend Analysis, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Academic Administration Internship Program.
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