Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Tenure Apocalypse

Slate Magazine
June 17th, 2015

Right now, college professors are taking a real beating at the state level. There was the state senator in North Carolina who wanted to codify a 4-4 teaching load. Then there was the one in Iowa who wanted to let students vote their “worst” professors out of a job. Now for the trifecta, there’s Scott Walker’s drive to undermine (some say “destroy”) professor tenure and shared governance at Wisconsin’s state universities.
The proposal, recently approved by the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee along Republican party lines, would remove tenure at public universities from the current state law. Instead, the fate of Wisconsin’s professors would be decided by an 18-member board of regents, who will now be able to fire tenured faculty under disturbingly broad criteria: “when such an action is deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance, curtailment, modification or redirection.”

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