Conservatives say universities are at the center of a “Great Awokening” that indoctrinates students into lefty viewpoints on race and gender. Pulling back on tenure is “often presented as bids to rein in academics with liberal views,” The Associated Press reports.
But there are other factors at play, AP notes: University budgets are getting tighter, and institutions are increasingly relying on part-time adjunct faculty — who don’t have the possibility of tenure — to teach classes. And that’s not just a red state issue. “Tenured faculty numbers have been declining even in more liberal states.”