Five Years for Tenure Proposed; Community College Professors Say Increase Would Reduce Job Quality

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Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks

Florida's Department of Education is considering revising the policy that governs when a community college professor can apply for tenure.

But before the state's education board changes anything, board members have decided to gather comments and concerns from professors and community college administrators across Florida. One of the comment-gathering sessions took place Tuesday afternoon at Florida State College at Jacksonville's South Campus.

The state board has not written any potential changes to the policy, Randy Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System, said Tuesday. However, many professors in Florida have found a tweaked copy of the policy that came from a group made up of the state's 28 community college presidents.

In that copy, the policy requires that community college professors wait five years, not the current three, before applying for tenure.

Many professors and administrators in attendance Tuesday opposed that amendment, arguing that future professors will not fully devote themselves to work knowing it will take an extra two years before they feel secure in a job.

Twenty professors and administrators addressed Hanna Tuesday, and most of them leaned toward not changing the policy. …

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