ERIC Number: ED080097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May-10
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A New Look at Tenure: A Management Imperative.
Freeman, Thomas M.; Rossmeier, Joseph G.
This study examines several tenure trends, their relation to other current issues in higher education, the problem of supporting tenure trends in the future, and several solutions to resolve the current tenure crisis including another viable basis for analyzing tenure data. Some of the more reliable position indicators of tenure trends are faculty-by-rank distribution, potential faculty eligible for tenure and actual tenured faculty rates. These trends indicate that the number of tenured faculty is increasing at a rate of .5 to .7 percent per year. In reviewing tenure policies, institutions must be able to deal with future program shifts, demands of collective bargaining, federal and state financial cutbacks, and normal higher costs to retain tenured faculty. Several solutions applied to problems stemming from too many tenured faculty include quotas, equalized rank distribution, early retirement benefits, term contracts, more temporary appointments, appointment of new faculty only to lower ranks, and general slowdown of rate of promotion. Another alternative for resolving the tenure problem involves the concept of flexible dollars. These are dollars not committed because of tenure, job security, or other relatively fixed forms of financial obligations. In analyzing institutional situations, tenure commitment calculations are based on dollars rather than on positions. Normally 10 to 15 percent must be added to an institution's tenured personnel percentage figure to obtain actual dollar commitment. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Office of Institutional Research.