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Tenure Turmoil Sparks Reforms

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Science  04 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5309, pp. 24-26
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5309.24

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Pinched by shrinking budgets, institutions of higher education, state legislatures, and boards of regents are reevaluating the terms of tenure, which has come under fierce attack in recent years. While a few institutions have abolished their tenure systems, most are tightening it up to ensure greater accountability. On many campuses, tenure is become harder to get and--with new systems of posttenure review--a little easier to lose. And in some cases, it is being redefined as a guarantee of a teaching job and an office, but not necessarily a full salary.