I have seen firsthand what happens when tenured faculties act as if the universities belong to them.
For starters, interest in teaching declines. According to the federal governmentâ€™s National Center for Education Statistics:
â€¢ The average tenured professor now teaches fewer than three classes per year, and often no more than a handful of students at a time, despite the fact that tenured and tenure-track faculty account for the bulk of college costs.
â€¢ For so little work, the average full professor receives more than $150,000 annually in salary and benefits.
â€¢ As a result, the cost of instruction for some tenured faculty members exceeds $20,000 per student.
So who teaches our children, if not the tenured faculty? An underclass of teaching assistants, adjuncts, and other non-tenured faculty â€“ many of whom are paid $10 per hour or less. According to the New York Times, 70 percent of the faculties at American universities are made up of non-tenured, non-tenure track faculty.
from a thoughtful discussion at Texas Public Policy Foundation