ERIC Number: ED442426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Arizona State University. Exemplars.
Wegner, Gregory R.
This report discusses how the Arizona Board of Regents, which has governing authority over the state's three public universities, dealt with the inability of the universities to respond to new societal needs in a timely manner; a major impediment was felt to be tenure. After a series of meetings of administrators and faculty leaders, the Board agreed to take the question of tenure off the table, provided that post-tenure review policies be developed that would give the institutions the power to take prompt corrective measures when faculty performance was less than satisfactory. The Board of Regents wanted a process that included an external reviewer and that had common principles for the whole system. After consensus was reached on the new policy, leaders at Arizona State University were faced with the challenge of selling the post-tenure review process to the faculty. Trust between administration and faculty was a key element in forging the policy that was approved by the faculty. The plan that was developed preserved the concept of academic freedom, recognized the importance of tenure to the institutions and faculty, built on the existing system of annual performance review, and was not punitive, but a process that enabled faculty to overcome identified deficiencies. (RH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Change Strategies, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Participative Decision Making, Performance Based Assessment, Personnel Policy, State Boards of Education, State Standards, State Universities, Tenure, Tenured Faculty
Exemplars, Institute for Research on Higher Education, 4200 Pine Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090; Tel: 800-437-9799 (toll free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http//www.irhe.upenn.edu/knight/knight-main.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Knight Collaborative, Akron, OH.; Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Inst. for Research on Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona