ERIC Number: ED119270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
The Tenure Controversy: What Position for the ACA?
McGlone, Edward L.
The primary purposes of this paper are to describe the basic tenure system in higher education, to identify the sources of dissatisfaction with this system, and to make some recommendations about an Association for Communication Administrators (ACA) position on the subject of tenure policy and procedures. Four basic elements of the tenure system are outlined and discussed. The criticism of the tenure system is widespread and comes down to two basic arguments. First, the system interferes with the ability of an organization to adjust to the economic and social constraints which govern its operation. Second, the system can serve to only maintain the status quo. It is argued that the only serious alternative to the basic system is a scheme which includes periodic review and term contracts. Seven recommendations for an ACA position on tenure are outlined and include: the current financial problems of higher education should be dealt with in such a way so as to not restrict the tenure system of protecting academic freedom; and in the case of an unfavorable tenure decision, the candidate should be provided with a full statement of the justification of this decision. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A