Monday, May 23, 2011

Tenure in disfavor among college presidents

A majority of college and university presidents surveyed by the Pew Research Center and the Chronicle of Higher Education effectively oppose tenure:

Less than a quarter of those surveyed said they would prefer full-time, tenured professors, while a whopping 69 percent reported to prefer that a majority — if not the entirety — of faculty work under annual or long-term contracts. . . .

Mark C. Taylor calculates in his book Crisis on Campus that someone who serves as an associate professor with tenure for five years and then becomes a full professor for 30 years sets a private university back $12.2 million and costs a public university $10 million during the same period of time. . . .

At public four-year institutions, 52 percent of presidents with previous faculty background favored tenure, while just 37 percent without faculty experience did. Among presidents of private four-year institutions, 35 percent who had formerly served as faculty favored tenure, compared with 20 percent of those without faculty experience.


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