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Tenure B ring up the topic of tenure to a room of academics, and then step back—a heated debate is bound to ensue. Many educators hold that tenure offers needed support and protection for faculty and allows them to establish themselves at their institutions; others see it as a rigid, expensive practice that is rooted in the past and has outlived its usefulness. Here, Villanova's John Pearce and Texas Tech's James Wetherbe weigh the pros and cons of tenure in the 21st century. th i n kstock Does tenure protect academic freedoms and allow professors to put down roots at their institutions? Or does it restrict growth and stifle innovation? BizEd September/October 2013 31

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