In one of my recent reviews of recent news items on higher education [http://academeblog.org/2015/10/23/u-s-higher-education-news-from-september-29-2015/], I opened with an item on the elimination of continuing contracts for faculty at Florida State College.
Now the member of the college’s board of trustees who initiated that change of policy has been emboldened to advance a proposal that faculty bid on their annual contracts so that the college can keep instructional costs as low as possible. The proposed policy might have applied only to applicants for open positions, but the elimination of any job security means that all faculty might easily be asked to submit such a salary bid as a precondition of their being considered for a renewal of their contracts.
Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty has reported on this newest proposal at the college. Her article opens with these paragraphs:
“Putting a project out to bid is typically…
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