Tenure Is Increasingly at Risk

Lawmakers in two states last week introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure for public college and university professors.

As recently reported in, a bill in Missouri would end tenure for all new faculty hires starting in 2018 and require more student access to information about the job market for majors. Legislation in Iowa would end tenure even for those who already have it. The bills, along with the recent gutting of tenure in Wisconsin, are evidence of a new and disturbing trend.

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