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Faculty tenure was a hot-button topic during the 2023 legislative session. But what started out as a controversial proposal to ban tenure at all institutions of higher education eventually evolved into a tenure-affirming bill that standardizes the definition of tenure, imposes a framework for evaluation and dismissal, and requires all institutions, including community colleges, to adopt tenure-related policies by August 31, 2023.
Although a majority of Texas community colleges are not tenure-granting institutions – most phased it out over the last 35 years, opting instead to offer multi-year rolling contracts – tenure systems still exist at some Texas community colleges. Under Senate Bill 18, which the governor signed on June 14, all Texas community colleges must adopt a board policy addressing tenure and file the policy with the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, even if the policy simply reaffirms that the institution does not grant tenure.
Here are the key takeaways regarding SB 18 and tenure at community colleges:
If you have any questions about SB 18, the current legal landscape governing tenure, or other faculty employment issues, please contact Lisa A. Brown, Oleg Nudelman, Melissa Mihalick, or any member of Thompson & Horton’s community college team.