ERIC Number: ED196360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Tenure Issue.
Chait, Richard P.; Ford, Andrew T.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Issues concerning tenure of college faculty and the application of tenure policies on campuses are considered. Tenure decisions typically reflect evaluations of performance and judgments about potential. Minimum eligibility requirements commonly used and typical reasons for revoking an individual's tenure status are outlined. As defined by the American Association of University Professors, tenure is designed to promote academic freedom and economic security for the faculty. Benefits that tenure may bring to the institution as a whole are noted--including creating an environment conducive to faculty undertaking long-term or higher-risk projects. Six criticisms of tenure are considered as well, such as its being a one-sided contract and a restraint on institutional flexibility. Prerequisites to establishing tenure policy, the board's role, and guidelines for a board review of individual tenure decisions are discussed. Alternatives to tenure (e.g., a tenure quota or an extended probationary period) and information about contract systems are presented along with questions that are useful to trustees in discussing tenure issues. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrative Policy, Administrator Responsibility, College Faculty, Contracts, Eligibility, Employment Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Evaluation, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Personnel Policy, Tenure
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 013 359-364, ED 159 944, ED 168 394, ED 184 435.