Peterson: national accreditation would be threatened if tenure abolished

If a Republican lawmaker has his way, professors at Utah’s public colleges and universities would no longer be able to achieve tenure. Rep. Cris Herrod of Provo wants to eliminate tenure, saying taxpayers cannot hold professors responsible if they are never evaluated for their academic success and teaching skills. Utah State University Vice President for Advancement Ross Peterson says he does not believe tenure is an issue Utah lawmakers will want to take on. “I believe it would threaten national accreditation for a lot of our programs if tenure were abolished,” Peterson said. “I think it would definitely in the professional schools and certainly in academic departments I think you would have an amazing array of court cases. “You have national standards that are established by national accreditation agencies that could really, really cost higher education.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Peterson said doing away with tenure would also threaten a university’s ability to recruit and retain faculty.

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