Academic Tenure and Mandatory Retirement Under the New Law

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Science  21 Dec 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4425, pp. 1373-1378
DOI: 10.1126/science.206.4425.1373


Federal abrogation of the age-based mandatory retirement provisions in existing academic tenure contracts calls for a review of tenure and salary policies. Here two alternative explanations for the institution of tenure are examined. Then five alternative policy responses that might be adopted by university administrations are described and analyzed. The proposal favored by the author consists of a two-track salary plan in which a distinction is drawn between tenure and employment.