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Tenure Is Disappearing

by Bill Hayes

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an article showing that tenure is slowly disappearing from universities and colleges. The article, Tenure, RIP: What the Vanishing Status Means for the Future of Education, discusses what this might mean for higher education.

Over just three decades, the proportion of college instructors who are tenured or on the tenure track plummeted: from 57 percent in 1975 to 31 percent in 2007. . . . If you add graduate teaching assistants to the mix, those with some kind of tenure status represent a mere quarter of all instructors.