The role of tenure in higher education

Yesterday I read an interesting piece on the effects of the decline of tenure in higher education in America — it discussed that the reliance on contingent labor in education results in lower retention and grades, less coherence in the curriculum, and fewer people available to take on service work like committees and governance.  I imagine that the rate of contingent labor in 2-year education at most places is even higher than at 4-year schools.  It made me curious about how libraries are seeing this shift–do you have faculty status? Is there a move on your campus or even in your library to use more adjuncts? How do you think this affects student outcomes and institutional effectiveness?

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