Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tenure Firmly in Place, but Colleges Grow Wary of Lasting Commitments

New York Times
June 6th, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker’s move to weaken tenure in the Wisconsin public university system is bold — and, at least for a while, it is likely to remain an outlier.
Tenure is such a central part of the fabric of American higher education that it is difficult to tamper with, said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, even as colleges and universities face many of the same economic pressures as businesses, and public institutions grapple with state funding cuts.
“The question is whether other states will follow Wisconsin’s lead,” Mr. Hartle said Friday. “It’s way too early to say, but we don’t see any movement in that direction.
“Just yesterday, Governor Abbott in Texas,” he continued, referring to Gov. Greg Abbott, “agreed to spend $500 million to lure Nobel Prize winners and National Academy members to Texas, and you can’t do something like that if you don’t give them tenure.”

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