Wednesday, July 22, 2015

State budget leaves future of tenure uncertain

The Daily Cardinal
July 15th, 2015

UW System professors no longer have tenure defined by state statutes as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-’17 budget, which has left some worrying that university faculty and researchers will leave to find more secure jobs elsewhere.
According to Wisconsin Statute Chapter 36.13, tenure protects faculty members from losing their jobs without just cause and is an unlimited appointment as determined by a board. The UW System Board of Regents will now define a new tenure policy.
“The single most important thing that keeps faculty at this school is [Association of American University Professors] tenure,” said Educational Policy Studies professor Sara Goldrick-Rab. “We offer very bad salaries comparatively to our peers.”

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