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POST-TENURE REVIEW TERMED UNNECESSARY

November 16, 1990

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— Strong faculty evaluation systems exist at Kansas regents institutions and an additional review of tenured faculty is unnecessary, the leaders of the state's universities were told Thursday.

The chairman of an organization of academic officers at regents universities, Jim Murphy, provost at Fort Hays State, reported to Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and the presidents of the other regents schools that the Council of Chief Academic Officers doesn't support post-tenure review of faculty. Budig and the other top university officials met here Thursday as the Council of Presidents.

The Kansas Board of Regents requested reports from each regents institution about current review processes.

SOME FACULTY at KU have criticized the idea of post-tenure review, a process that would evaluate tenured faculty every five years. Murphy said that sentiment has been echoed at the other regents schools.

"The majority of faculty are productive," Murphy said. "Our final recommendation is that it doesn't seem post-tenure review is advisable."

The regents are still receiving reports about faculty review processes. During a special meeting of the University Council last week at KU, regents executive director Stanley Koplik told faculty members that the regents are not seeking changes but information about tenured faculty.

In other Council of Presidents business, Don Wilson, president of Pittsburg State University, said he is uncomfortable with a proposed use fee for engineering students.

IF THE PROPOSAL is approved by the regents at their Dec. 20 meeting, engineering students at KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University would pay an additional $15 per credit hour. The fee would be used for equipment.

"I don't support a fee that's applied to only one area," Wilson said, adding that other departments also have funding woes.

Ed Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, said he doesn't favor the January 1991 implementation date. He said he would prefer a fall 1991 implementation so that engineering students who receive financial aid could consider the fee when applying for loans and grants.

During the Board of Regents meeting Thursday, regents heard mixed reaction to the fee, which is estimated to raise about $1 million annually. A referendum vote for engineering students will be conducted at the three campuses with comprehensive engineering programs.

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