ERIC Number: ED246779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
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Developing Faculty Data Bases and Institutional Research Studies as Advanced Planning Mechanisms for Potential Litigation. AIR Annual 1984 Forum Paper.
Batson, Steve W.
The types and number of faculty cases litigated and reported at state and federal levels for the 1982 calendar year are examined. Each case is reviewed for the basic facts, the underlying legal rationale, the data requirements, and the decision of the court. It is noted that categorical data summaries were developed of the cases and the associated data needs. From these data summaries, suggested institutional research databases and studies were formulated as advanced planning mechanisms for potential litigation or, possibly, litigation avoidance. Of 53 cases dealing with college faculty litigation that were located, 9 involved two-year institutions, 15 four-year; 29 had graduate and/or professional programs beyond the bachelor degree. Most of the cases were unsuccessfully brought to court by nontenured males at graduate-level institutions and, in most cases, the courts ruled in favor of the institutions. Nineteen of the plaintiffs were female, and 34 were male. The main points of litigation concerned nonrenewal, promotion denial, tenure denial, and termination. It is concluded that institutional researchers and administrations should design studies to periodically compare salaries, raises, promotion, and tenure achievement by sex, race, age, and organizational units. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Support Staff; Practitioners
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