South Carolina lawmakers want to review the university tenure system – Natural Self Esteem

While a bill in the South Carolina Legislature targeting tenured professors won’t be heard in this session, it has raised concerns in higher education circles speaking about the potential impact of research and recruitment in the state.

Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, drafted the Accelling Professor Tenure Act with the intention of having a “robust conversation” about tenure and determining if there are any things within the system that need to be addressed.

The bill would limit the contract of newly hired employees to no more than five years, and would include a provision allowing the institution to fire an employee before the contract expires if the institution determines that the employee has violated policies that specifically state are listed as reasons for termination.

In addition to the treaty limits, the bill requires that all full-time or tenured faculty members employed by a public higher education institution must teach at least two undergraduate or graduate courses in both the fall and spring semesters of each academic year, excluding faculty members assigned to departments or Schools are employed and will not be offering graduate degrees until the 2024-25 school year.

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