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ERIC Number: ED028724
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Faculty Power and The U.S. Campus.
Mitchell, Maurice B.
Most observers of today's academic scene would concede that the faculty is the power center of U.S. higher education. They decide what is taught, how it is taught, and who is taught. They also exert influence on institutional policies concerning size and selectivity, and determine their own permanent membership through recommendations on promotion to tenure. Tenure preserves academic freedom, but it also preserves mediocrity on almost every U.S. campus. Once given, it is nearly impossible to revoke, and has therefore forced many universities to retain teachers whose value to the institution is nil and whose lack of ability impedes the process of education. The power reflected in the present faculty structure and the implications of tenure deserve serious regard by everyone concerned with the modernization of U.S. higher education. It may be asked what constructive purpose tenure serves in a society that provides constitutionally for freedom of expression. The willingness to reconsider and change time-honored methods and facilities, and the decisions made on innovation will shape the future of U.S. education. We cannot afford to accept any element in the structure of higher education as a "sacred cow" at a time when the university is more than ever looked to by society as a primary source of leadership. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO.