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Auburn to begin post-tenure review

AUBURN (AP) — Over faculty objections, Auburn University will introduce its post-tenure review policy on Monday, calling it a move to improve teaching.

President Ed Richardson and Provost John Heilman believe it will provide the university with a way to improve faculty development and preserve academic freedom, factors that will improve the standard of teaching.

Thirty-eight faculty members, chosen at random, as well as Heilman, will go through the review process this semester.

Materials will be compiled this month and reviewed in February.

Faculty members voted 11-89 in October against the review policy.

Last month, Dr. Bill Trimble, president of the AU chapter of American Association of University Professors, sent Richardson and Heilman a detailed list of 13 “shortcomings” the chapter has with the policy.

“I feel it’s a foot in the door, or a step towards, erosion of tenure at Auburn and other universities,” Trimble said.

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