Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: The Fight Over Tenure

Sep 23, 2015

The President says there should be strict rules for what amounts to "lifetime employment" at Purdue.
Credit Purdue University

There’s a storm brewing between Purdue’s faculty and its Board of Trustees over the issue of tenure.

When last year’s Gallup-Purdue Index showed Purdue faculty have historically been poor at mentoring students, Trustees insisted a metric measuring faculty-student engagement be included in the tenure decision-making process.

But earlier this month, the Faculty Senate voted to delete such a provision from a document outlining how tenure is decided. On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask which side he supports in the debate.

Also on this month’s program, we take your questions about combining bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and about how the new Purdue charter high school might expand upon an existing program teaching STEM skills to underprivileged youth.