ERIC Number: ED373613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Tenure and Promotion Procedures: An Analysis of University Policies.
Flanigan, Jackson L.; And Others
This study examined the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in University of Pennsylvania v. EEOC as it applies to tenure/promotion practices and the disclosure of peer evaluation information. The 1990 decision ordered the university to turn over confidential tenure files to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pursuant to the agency's investigation of employment discrimination charges at the university. The study sought to determine how the ruling affected the regulations governing tenure at colleges and universities. A total of 224 institutions of higher education with programs which prepared school administrators were surveyed. Of the 224 participants, 149 returned the survey. The survey found that tenure and promotion meetings were closed in 83 percent of their institutions, and that no change in the tenure or promotion process was noted in 67 percent of the responding institutions during the past 5 years. During that time period the number of granted tenure decisions increased, from 28 in 1987 to 65 in 1991. The number of faculty requesting reviews of denial, the number of tenure challenges, and the number of promotion challenges also increased significantly. The findings revealed that the 1990 court decision has had a definite impact on the tenure and promotion policies at many institutions. (Contains 49 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Supreme Court; University of Pennsylvania v EEOC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Professors of Education, American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).