ERIC Number: ED216736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Reductions in Force in Higher Education: One College's Response to the Illinois Community College Tenure Act.
Andrews, Hans A.; Mackey, Bruce C.
On January 1, 1980, the Illinois state legislature mandated tenure for community college faculty and established conditions under which tenure could be acquired and reasons and procedures for dismissal. One provision of the act precluded the dismissal of a tenured faculty member who was "competent to render" services carried out by an employee with less seniority. This provision failed to define the phrase "competent to render" services and caused fears that faculty could be bumped from their positions on a college-wide, rather than departmental, basis. To deal with these issues, the Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) Board of Trustees developed policies that (1) defined the master's degree as the basic standard for teaching in a particular subject area; (2) distinguished academic personnel from academic support personnel; (3) provided for the preparation of a list of the competencies and qualifications of all full-time faculty and support personnel and for the development of a "Minimum Qualifications Handbook" for faculty and support positions; and (4) determined that movement of personnel would occur only in times of staff reduction. The outcomes of these policies have benefitted faculty and the administration in that the Board of Trustees is now protected by a formal policy on tenure and academic qualifications and that the faculty now have clearly defined competency agreements specifying the areas in which they are qualified to render services. (HB)
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