Inside Higher Ed
August 11th, 2014
Most administrators would love to see their institutions move up in
the national rankings. But just what would they do to make that happen?
It’s a question some professors are asking right now at Northeastern
University, where three tenure denial cases are in appeal. Some of the
aggrieved professors and their supporters say that a new, unclear
standard about publication impact, designed to improve the university's
research standing, could cost three good professors their jobs.
The university says it has raised tenure standards over time. But it
calls certain details about the allegation, including that applicants
must publish in the top journals in their field to earn tenure,
Barry Bluestone, a professor of political economy and director of the
Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said