ULS Tenure Vote Delayed

The controversial issue of academic tenure at the University of Louisiana System (ULS) has been delayed until the October 22 meeting of the body, according to information received by Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO).

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on the following motion:

I move to defer this item to a future meeting of this Board so UL System staff in consultation with legal counsel can consider feedback of the faculty to further refine policy and Board Rule changes.

The delay follows what apparently was an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying effort by faculty members across the state.

Today in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a nationally-recognized journal that covers the profession, there was this news story.

U. of Louisiana to Consider Weakening Tenure

The University of Louisiana system’s Board of Supervisors plans to vote Friday on a proposal that would make it easier to dismiss tenured professors—a move that has upset faculty members throughout the system’s eight campuses, as well as national faculty organizations.

Also, from the Louisiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors there was this letter:

We wish to express, in the strongest possible terms, our objections to these proposals. They represent a repudiation of the faculty’s role in the governance of system campuses, a dilution of the meaning of financial exigency, and a trivialization of the meaning of academic tenure. These proposals are an assault on the conditions required for the academic freedom they, in Orwellian double-speak, purport to protect.

LPNO had first broken the story earlier in the week.

Tenure Policy Change on ULS Board Agenda

ULS Proposals Would Significantly Weaken Tenure

One Response to “ULS Tenure Vote Delayed”

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