Community college faculty blast tenure proposal

By Denise-Marie Ordway, November 29, 2012, Orlando Sentinel

Dozens of faculty members from across Florida gathered at Seminole State College on Thursday to oppose a state plan that would make it harder for community-college professors to earn and keep their tenure.

For more than two hours, faculty and representatives from the Association of Florida Colleges took turns pointing out what they saw as problems with the proposal, which the state Board of Education will vote on in early 2013.

Many stressed that changes are not needed because colleges already have strong procedures to determine which professors are good enough to earn and maintain tenure.

State officials, seeking more accountability for public educators, are considering making professors wait an extra two years to request tenure and requiring them to meet performance metrics that focus on such things as student success and employer feedback. Tenured professors would be reviewed at least every three years.

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