It's one of those questions that come up every so often. This time The Scientist asks sociologist Dan Clawson, "Is tenure worth saving?" Clawson describes a study of faculty at his school, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which showed that the university lost 250 tenure-track faculty members between 1990 and 2005, while maintaining the same number of students over the time frame. "Our university was being transformed before our very eyes in ways that most of us found destructive," Clawson says. He later adds, "In some sense, the need for tenure is every bit as much there as it always was, but what's changed is the larger economic climate and the economic pressures on universities and colleges."
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