ARGUMENT FOR TENURE IN THE AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION

The article presents the arguments concerning tenure in academic institutions. Proponents of tenure argue that it protects professors from social sanctions, such as criticism by political or religious powers outside campus that may disagree with the professor’s research findings and thus might pressure the institution to fire him or her. Opponents of tenure argue that the security that comes with tenure allows professors to become incompetent and slothful.  After assessing the advantages and disadvantages of tenure, this article concludes that tenure could be an incentive attracting competent faculty members and allowing them to embark on long-term, risky research projects.

Keywords: Tenure, Academic, Security, Incentive, Research.

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