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Posted at 4:27 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Towson enacts secret ballot for tenure decisions

By Daniel de Vise

The online publication Inside Higher Ed reported Friday that the University Senate at Towson University has voted to institute secret ballots in all tenure decisions, making the votes on all tenure committee members anonymous.

Most tenure decisions are made by an open vote, so Towson's policy "is thought to depart from the norm in higher education," the publication wrote.

"While it is seen as a way to assure that tenure votes will not be swayed by the political or interpersonal pressures that can come when openly casting a vote, others worry that the secrecy will breed a lack of accountability."

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By Daniel de Vise  | February 11, 2011; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Labor, Pedagogy  | Tags:  Towson tenure, faculty tenure, university tenure  
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It seems to me my husband's tenure committee voted anonymously - at least, he was never sure how one competitor/colleague voted.

But actually, I have a more important comment. I ask any Columbia alum or students to sign this petition demanding that Bollinger either to demand the reform of Kaplan University's fraudulent and vicious business practices, or resign from the board of the Washington Post Corporation.

"We must encourage him to use that voice, to stand up for these students, just as he would for us," states the petition. "Ask him to stop the malicious recruiting practices. Ask him to cut the lobbying. Ask him to support governmental reforms. And if he can’t, ask him to quit Kaplan. Because he can do better than that."

Posted by: mport84 | February 12, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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