ERIC Number: EJ814345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Amending Higher Education's Constitution
Trower, Cathy A.
Academe, v94 n5 p16-18 Sep-Oct 2008
Beginning in 1934, representatives of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of American Colleges (AAC) met and drafted the definitive statement on academic freedom and tenure. Like the U.S. Constitution, the 1940 "Statement on Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure" was a commendable, if deficient, product of the power elite and the contemporary context. While the U.S. Constitution applies to all Americans, tenure does not. Those who have it decide who else gets it. The troubles resulting from tenure policies are not insurmountable; the problem lies in their execution. Based on the twelve years the author has spent on research, including literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, and surveys, he shares in this article some possible policy reforms that scholars might like to see.
Descriptors: Tenure, Academic Freedom, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Standard Setting, Personnel Policy, Professional Associations, Position Papers, Labor Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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