Republicans take aim at professor tenure in battle over intellectual diversity

Republicans are advancing their effort to elevate intellectual diversity by challenging the tenure system for professors.

Lawmakers in several states are looking to undercut left-wing dominance of higher education by regulating tenure, which gives certain professors institutional job security, by requiring professors to be assessed on things like free expression, inquiry, and intellectual diversity.

“Many faculty members have abused their tenure. Faculty members who have become activists instead of scholars and teachers should be appropriately sanctioned,” Adam Kissel, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, told the Washington Examiner. “Many colleges assess faculty members on their commitment to ‘diversity,’ which violates their academic freedom. But assessing them on the likelihood of indoctrinating students or doing their job representing diverse academic arguments, in contrast, measures their ability to advance the institution’s core mission.”

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