Friday, January 8, 2016

Tenure system isn't broken; don't fix it - David Petering, Journal Sentinel

The UW System's ability to compete for the best faculty will be wounded by the shortsighted effort to weaken the rules governing tenure. John Behling, vice president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents argues that there is a problem with the present regulations that, nevertheless, have made the UW System the envy of higher education. "Tenure may be the standard in higher education, but it is out of step with reality for most workers in other sectors." This argument obscures the key point: Without a strong tenure policy that fosters creativity and independent thinking and also matches those of other top rated universities and systems, we will not be able to attract the talented faculty that must be hired if the UW System is to excel — and Wisconsin's economy is to thrive.

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