Jun 19, 2007

Brave new world: Academia without tenure

New state college in Georgia will offer faculty 1-, 3- or 5-year appointments and no tenure.
Daniel Kaufman, the school's president, said the no-tenure policy gives the school the flexibility to adapt as students come on board.

"We are an institution starting in the 21st century and we need to work differently," Kaufman said.

McQ demolishes an Op-Ed by a local academic who argues that tenure is necessary because, among other things, it's good for the children.
Tenure grants a special status which has come to be seen as a right of the profession. It forms an unanswerable elite. And among the radical-egalitarian crowd, which I would guess includes the vast majority of tenured professors, this sort of thing should be anathema. Obviously, however, its a matter of "what is good for thee, not me."

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