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ERIC Number: ED052747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Pages: 186
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University of Utah Commission to Study Tenure. Final Report.
Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.
Denying the widely held contention that tenure is an outworn relic no longer necessary in the modern academic world and that it serves principally to provide lifelong job security for incompetent faculty members, the Commission concluded that the tenure system "is indispensable to the preservation of academic freedom, while academic freedom is indispensable to educational excellence." Their report surveys tenure and its rationale in general before examining its workings at the University of Utah. At Utah, 3 aspects are explored: pre-tenure review, standards for tenure acquisition, and post-tenure review. Possible alternatives are investigated but rejected as unworkable and ineffective. The conclusions contain recommendations for a Code of Faculty Responsibilities, establishment of a program of career development, and improved complaint procedures. A draft of the proposed Code is included. In the course of the study, the Commission reviewed the literature, met with and solicited comments from groups and individuals on and off campus, and administered an extensive faculty questionnaire. The appendices contain questionnaire results, faculty statistics on tenure, and a legal memorandum on court decisions relating to academic freedom. There are 8 exhibits drawn from pertinent published material. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.