North Dakota looks to clamp down on professor tenure after legislative failure

The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is looking to rein in professor tenure, particularly at its community colleges, according to a draft report.

The board’s Tenure/Post-Tenure Ad Hoc Committee has a draft report that could bring a massive decrease in tenured and tenure-track faculty at the state’s five community colleges, as well as pared-back awards of tenure at all 11 universities in the North Dakota University System.

The move, which has not been finalized, comes after a bill last year to limit tenure protections failed, while a growing movement of conservative lawmakers across the country is trying to find ways to cut into tenure protections for professors, who they see as left-wing activists muddying true academic inquiry. The law would have given the presidents of Dickinson State University and Bismarck State College the
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