Tenure gives faculty the security necessary to hold and voice unpopular or controversial opinions and theories. Without tenure those with differing opinions could easily be fired and replaced. This limits the ability of faculty to create new knowledge and help to drive our society and country into the 21st century stronger than ever. Without tenure many of the things that we take for granted might never have been created. The theoretical work that underpins all the technology that we enjoy today was built by tenured researchers.
Ultimately, an assault on tenure doesn’t just affect professors — it also harms the university as a whole, including the alumni, because it devalues the degree that they possess.
Dismantling tenure silences professors, drives away those who can leave, and prevents a university from filling the positions of lost faculty with high quality replacements. All of this lowers the academic quality of an institution.
Once the academic quality of an institution falters, the institution’s reputation declines, along with the perceived quality of the degrees it issues. A falling reputation directly threatens the health of a university, including its ability to attract students and remain financially viable.
If you would like to prevent this from happening at John Carroll, please donate to the faculty's legal defense fund.