The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 11th, 2009
The nationwide assault on tenure has found a beachhead, it seems, at community colleges.
Of course, not all two-year colleges and systems have traditionally
offered tenure. But even among those that have, the practice is now
under attack. Consider the situation in three Southern states.
Recently, the chancellor of the Alabama community-college system
resigned amid charges from faculty groups that he was seeking to end the
practice of awarding tenure there.
In Kentucky, the situation is even more serious. Up until about 10
years ago, the state's community colleges were part of the University of
Kentucky system, and professors could earn tenure in that system. Then
the two-year campuses were merged with the state's technical colleges to
create the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Recently,
its Board of Trustees voted to abolish tenure for new hires, although it
didn't revoke tenure for those who already have it.