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Tenure Process Ranks High

East Carolina University’s tenure and promotion procedures were ranked among the top five in the country, according to a study conducted by Harvard University.

The survey of 5,000 junior faculty members was conducted in 2005 by researchers at Harvard’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education and appeared in the Feb. 2 edition of the “Chronicle of Higher Education.”

“While all COACHE participants are committed to a more fulfilling and productive work life for new faculty, the exemplars deserve special mention because they are already succeeding,” said Richard Chait, professor of higher education and co-director of COACHE at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“If they can sustain an earned reputation as a great place for junior faculty to work, they will enjoy a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining the next generation of faculty.”

Five other universities join ECU in the clarity of tenure ranking: Auburn, Brown, North Carolina State, Ohio State, and the University of Kansas.

The tenure clarity score was calculated by averaging participants’ responses to questions about tenure process, criteria and standards, and those about tenure expectations for scholarship, advising, teaching and service. Other categories are: nature of work (workload, research and teaching environment, quality of students); effectiveness of key policies (e.g., mentoring, childcare, and leaves); compensation; work and family balance; collegiality; and overall satisfaction.

This page originally appeared in the Feb. 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at