The Buchtelite

Tenure: to be or not to be

September 29, 2011
Academic tenure is designed to provide professors a safe-haven to express opinions in research and teaching without fear of reprisal and job loss from the institutions employing them. Freedom in research is fundamental to the search for truth because higher education is conducted for the common good, not to further the interest of the academic or the institution as a whole. But in relation to students, the ones paying to be taught, do the advantages of tenure outweigh the disadvantages?
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