Lawmaker’s bill would end tenure for Utah profs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tenure for professors at Utah’s public universities and colleges would be eliminated through a proposal in the House.Republican Rep. Chris Herrod of Provo says after professors receive tenure the taxpayers cannot hold them accountable and the benefits of competition are removed.House Bill 485 was introduced Monday. It would prohibit tenure for any professor beginning July 1. Current tenured professors would keep their status.Herrod says that when state agencies are trimming budgets it is unfair for tenured professors to be exempt from cuts.He says that all professors should be evaluated for academic success and teaching skills. That would ensure the best professors are retained.Herrod says no other states prohibit tenure.

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