Is Tenure Really Dying? And Would That Be Good or Bad?

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Peter Jacobsen

“Throughout the United States, several stories have emerged about politicians and organizations interested in ending the institution of tenure in higher education. In Florida, steps have been taken to review the work of tenured faculty. In Texas, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has articulated a desire to do the same. But it’s not just politicians. Emporia State University recently submitted a plan to restructure which would allow the firing of all employees, including tenured professors, with 30 days notice. Even states with no direct legislative opposition to tenure, like California, have seen a decline in the density of tenured professors. … Nonetheless, it appears that tenure as an institution is, to say the least, under scrutiny. The question is, why?” (09/21/22)