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Faculty Roiled by Tenure Decisions

Referring in the plural to “recent decisions to overturn unanimous department tenure votes are gravely concerning, indicating that even the best people cannot overcome a flawed process,” a petition is circulating among the faculty that questions the fairness of the tenure-granting process at the College and the use of private metrics provider Academic Analytics to compile quantitative data about faculty research:

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The American Association of University Professors has issued a caution on the use of data from Academic Analytics.

To date 67 professors have signed the petition.

Addendum: Displeasure concerning Provost Carolyn Dever has reached a high pitch, and dislike of Phil is not far behind. The tenure decisions in question are a catalyst for upset faculty members.

Addendum: It seems that there is some confusion as the whether the College actually used the services of Academic Analytics. I am trying to get to the bottom of the question.

Addendum: I have now confirmed that the College has an ongoing contract with Academic Analytics, but the extent to which it is used in the tenure evaluation process is uncertain.


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