Inside Higher Ed
March 13th, 2015
Do most presidents really want a bigger role in faculty hiring and tenure decisions? Inside Higher Ed’s
annual Survey of College and University Presidents suggests they do.
And some of them are playing a larger role than faculty leaders might
find reasonable. Ten percent of private college presidents, for example,
say they've blocked the hire of scholars whose views they strongly
disagreed with. While those findings didn't shock shared governance
experts, some were uncomfortable with presidential sentiments.
According to the poll, some 55 percent of presidents say they should
take a more active role in decisions about which faculty members to
hire. Two-thirds agree or strongly agree that they should take a more
active role in deciding who gets tenure. Just 8 and 5 percent of
presidents strongly disagree with those statements, respectively.