We are now in a period during which present tenure systems are undergoing close scrutiny by the public and the legislatures. Some of those now criticizing universities would like to see these institutions of higher learning placed under greater accountability to the public. It is especially during this period that university boards and administrators must exercise extreme care to eliminate abuses of tenure and pre- vent any new abuses from occurring, in order to avoid unnecessary criticism from those who wish to embarrass the supporters of that academic freedom under which our universities have flourished. To further complicate this controversy on the retention of academic tenure, a new movement has arisen in universities supported by public funds, for tenure rights to be granted to non-tenured faculty, thus nullifying the distinction between tenured and non-tenured personnel.
Arthur H. Kahn and Michael D. Solomon,
Untenured Professors' Rights to Reappointment,
20 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol20/iss3/10