Presidential Ambivalence on Tenure

November 10, 2010

A poll by The Atlantic of a select group of college presidents has found a roughly even split between those who favor continuing tenure and those who question it. Further, a majority said that "little would actually change" at their institutions if tenure disappeared entirely in higher education. However, most predicted that this would only happen in a circumstance where all institutions could act at the same time, and that academic criticism would be greater if just one institution abolished tenure. The 30 participants in the survey cannot be said to be representative of higher education. The group includes the leaders of 20 research universities (including three Ivies) and 10 liberal arts colleges.

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