Academic freedom and academic tenure: Can they survive in the market place of ideas? [Book Review]

Journal of Academic Ethics 5 (2-4):221-232 (2007)
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Recently academic freedom and academic tenure have been in the media spotlight because of concerns that academic freedom is being misused and that academic tenure provides job security to a select few. First, this paper provides a brief history of these two institutions and follow with an analysis using Stone’s (2002) policy analysis format. Second, this paper examines the university through two lenses: (a) an economic market lens; and (b) a community lens. These two lenses offer contrasting views of the university and help explain the different views of academic freedom and tenure. The authors suggest that faculty make use of the economic model to increase their chances of maintaining tenure in a university atmosphere frequently characterized by a business approach rather than a collegial one. Recommendations for future research are also provided.



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Ethics, academic freedom and academic tenure.Richard T. De George - 2003 - Journal of Academic Ethics 1 (1):11-25.

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