Slate Tackles Tenure

Slate's Christopher Beam argues his "case for getting rid of tenure" this week. "Tenure is a bad deal not just for universities, which are saddled with its costs, but also for professors, who are constrained by its conventions," he says. In the terms of costs, Beam says that while "university debt jumped 54 percent last year," institutions would "be in the black" if they "tenured about 15 fewer professors." Beam also says that the "publish or perish" modality pushed by tenure affects students negatively.

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