February 22, 2017
In higher education, professors with tenure have strong job security. Yet budget constraints and a changing political environment are undoing this long-standing tradition. “We’ve gone from an atmosphere of optimism [15 years ago] to a time of crisis and despair,” said one university professor. A recent Wall Street Journal article found that 45 percent of faculty were either tenured or on a tenure track in 1975. That number has steadily declined to 29 percent in 2014.
Six years before today’s spate of articles telling of higher education’s potential demise, socionomist Alan Hall forecasted a massive shift in society’s positive attitude toward higher education.
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