Chester E. Finn, Jr., senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford Univeresity; president, Thomas B. Fordham Institute :
A lively, no-holds-barred critique of tenure that even skeptical readers should take seriously. Riley makes a comprehensive case that a reexamination of faculty work roles in U.S. universities is inevitable – and desirable. –Ben Wildavsky, senior fellow, Kauffman Foundation and former editor, US News & World Report College Guides
The conventional liberal/conservative positions are scrambled and recast in this bold investigation of the effects of tenure on the modern university. Naomi Schaefer Riley admirably lays the groundwork for a national discussion whose time has come. –Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish and Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Naomi Schaefer Riley incisively and lucidly hits the nail on the head, showing us why academic tenure is a costly, inefficient, and unnecessary anachronism. This is a must read. –Richard Vedder, director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity; author of Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much
The issue of tenure lies at the heart of many the critical challenges facing higher education. Significant change cannot occur without the abolition of tenure. Naomi Schaefer Riley’s timley book addresses this contentious problem directly and insightfully and will provoke much-needed debate. –Mark C. Taylor, author of Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities
Tenure isn’t the only reason that American higher education is losing quality, productivity and intellectual freedom. (Think unionionization, price inflation, political correctness, academic faddism, bureaucratization, lengthening weekends, shortening semesters, nonexistent counseling, low completion rates.) But our universities and their students would be better off without it–and in this valuable and timely book Naomi Schaefer Riley does a brilliant job of explaining why.