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This study was designed to examine the relationship between and among post-tenure review policy variables and types of institutions, as perceived by chief academic administrators. A total of 347 randomly selected administrators from 47 states returned the Post-tenure Review Survey. Demographic data indicated that tenure was operative at 67.4 percent of the institutions. Tenured faculty evaluation was reported by 87.2 percent of the institutions where tenure was operative. Formal, written post-tenure review policies were in effect at 61.1 percent of the institutions. Data were analyzed using chi square analysis and Analysis of Variance, providing the following major findings: No significant differences were found among types of institutions regarding the stated primary purpose of post-tenure review. Faculty growth and development was both the stated and desired purpose of tenured faculty evaluation. No significant differences were found among types of institutions regarding individuals involved in the development of policies, individuals involved in the development of improvement plans, and use of follow-up. Significant differences were determined in methods of selection, timeframes, and use of improvement plans. No significant differences were identified among types of institutions in use of student evaluations, self-evaluations, administrator evaluations, classroom observation by peers, and peer review committees. Significant differences were found in all components related to scholarship and service. Significant differences were found between actual and desired use of individuals involved in development of policies, timeframes, individuals involved in development of improvement plans, use of follow-up. Significant differences were found between actual and desired use of all types of evaluations to assess teaching, research activities, publications, creative endeavors, professional service and community service. Significant differences were identified among types of institutions for the following problems: the process is viewed as a threat to tenure, difficulty in measurement of competence, and lack of training for evaluators. Significant differences were determined among types of institutions for the following benefits: information acquired used in personnel decisions, increased faculty participation in institutional and public service activities, increased faculty activity in research, and improved collegiality among faculty. The study concluded that variations occur by type of institution in post-tenure review policy purposes, processes, and components. Philosophy and mission of an institution should provide the framework for post-tenure review policy variables.
Harris, Beverly Jo, "The relationship between and among policy variables, type of institution, and perceptions of academic administrators with regard to post-tenure review." (1996). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 8997.