Friday, January 1, 2016

U Wisconsin task force finishes writing faculty layoff rules - Molly Beck, Wisconsin State Journal

The System’s Tenure Policy Task Force, the body charged with writing the new rules, finished its work on Wednesday. The new rules expand the reasons universities can lay off faculty and create a new process professors must go through after they have received tenure. Under the proposed policies, faculty members could be laid off for financial reasons or if academic programs are discontinued for education reasons, including long-term strategic planning that includes “market demand and societal needs.” Each scenario would allow a committee of faculty members to consult with chancellors on financial emergencies and program discontinuation.

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