Friday, August 31, 2012

Modern School: Wayne State to End Tenure, Other Universities to Follow?

Modern School: Wayne State to End Tenure, Other Universities to Follow?:


Wayne State to End Tenure, Other Universities to Follow?


Wayne State University in Detroit has proposed a new contract that would make it the first research university in the U.S. to abolish tenure, according to a recent article in Labor Notes. Other public universities are likely to follow suit (or attempt to) in order to cut labor costs as they grapple with years of declining revenue.

The proposed contract would effectively remove peer review and give administrators more power to get rid of faculty, including for financial reasons. (Veteran professors cost universities more, since they have more years of service credit). The administration also wants the right to fire faculty for participating in or supporting political actions that “interrupt the normal daily teaching.”  

Terrible for Students and the Public
The purpose of tenure is to provide protection for academic freedom. Professors and teachers 

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