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ERIC Number: ED177951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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Tenure: Three Views.
O'Toole, James; And Others
The views of three educators on the subject of tenure are presented. In light of the widespread concern over an increasingly over-extended system of colleges and universities during a period of retrenchment, the issue of tenure provides fuel for much debate. Arguments for and against tenure are presented in an effort to better serve the interests of academic quality. In "A Conscientious Objection," James O'Toole views tenure as a self-defeating institution that distorts the purposes and processes of the academic system. He views tenure as harmful to the people who depend on it since it discourages growth, is inimical to academic freedom, discourages radical innovation and risk-taking, limits mobility, and may work to the advantage of administrators in bargaining with professors. William W. Van Alstyne ("A Conscientious Objective") disagrees with O'Toole and suggests that tenure must be understood as a system of reliable, procedural requirements insuring protection against summary, unilateral, unexplained, and unreviewable nonrenewal of a faculty contract. In the final article, "Tenure and the Academic Future," Richard Chait discusses the future of tenure and how it can be most effectively administered. Chait suggests that the proliferation of tenure throughout most major colleges and universities will insure its survival. Although it has been modified and alternatives suggested (unions and contracts), tenure is viewed as an academic tradition that will be difficult to eliminate. (SF)
Change Magazine Press, NBW Tower, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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