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Iowa lawmaker looking to end tenure

"Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, has introduced a bill that calls for prohibiting any institution overseen by the Iowa Board of Regents from establishing or continuing “a tenure system for any employee of the institution.”

The bill would establish “acceptable grounds for termination of employment of any member of the faculty.” The list of possible causes for termination include just cause, program discontinuance and financial exigency.

“My thoughts are obviously to end tenure," Zaun told the Register on Wednesday. "I think the university should have the flexibility to hire and fire professors and then I don’t think that bad professors should have a lifetime position guaranteed at colleges. It is as simple as that.”"
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Higher Education after the 2016 Election

"The AAUP and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress have never endorsed or supported a candidate for president of the United States or otherwise engaged in partisan political activity on the national level. For over one hundred years the AAUP has vigilantly defended the professional rights and the academic freedom of all those who teach in higher education, irrespective of their political or other views, popular or unpopular, leftist or rightist. It would be foolish, however, to deny that most college and university faculty members did not support the election of Donald Trump. Many no doubt fear that his election threatens some of the core institutions of our democracy and may be the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period."

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