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ERIC Number: ED313993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 19
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Tenure Review Outcomes and Their Relationship to Open or Closed Tenure Review Systems. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Bednash, Geraldine Polly
The study examined whether access to tenure review documents or deliberations decreases the degree of selectivity evidenced in tenure decisions. Liberal arts institutions (N=123) were surveyed to determine the relationship between access and tenure selectivity. The first stage of the study was a description of the range of access available in the study population. In order to determine the relationship between access and selectivity, an operational measure of selectivity was developed based on the percentage of individuals granted tenure in a given review cycle and the percentage of a given faculty cohort eventually granted tenure. Results confirm traditional perceptions of tenure review as an extremely closed process which provides the tenure candidate with very limited information about the evaluation which is conducted. The results indicated that increasing degrees or different types of access available to tenure candidates did not predict decreasing selectivity evidenced by the institutions surveyed. Confidential review processes did not appear to be a prerequisite to high selectivity. Conceivably, a balance exists between disclosure that will serve both the candidate's interest in rebutting inaccuracies or falsehoods and in being protected from unnecessary disclosure of negative information; and the reviewer's interest in retaining a reasonable degree of anonymity. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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