Monday, June 8, 2009

Colorado Judge rules that academic tenure benefits the public

In a case involving a suit by faculty at Denver's Metropolitan State College that challenged a decision by the Board of Trustees to remove certain rights from the faculty handbook, the court stated that "the public interest is advanced more by tenure systems that favor academic freedom over tenure systems that favor flexibility in hiring or firing."  

According to Inside Higher Ed, last week's decision is being hailed by Rachel Levinson, senior counsel for the American Association of University Professors, who called it "fantastic" for both Metro State  faculty and "for professors elsewhere."

'More broadly, what this does is reiterate the value of tenure and the importance of tenure, and that tenure itself can be a public interest,' Levinson said. She noted that the college 'was trying to argue that its flexibility was the sole public interest,' and that a court endorsement of that idea could have been dangerous for many faculty members.

Maybe that guy from Northwestern should read it.

You can read the rest of the story here.

I am the scholarship dude.


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