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What is Tenure?

According to North Idaho College Policy #3.02.09 (revised fall 2014), the purpose of tenure is:

"To protect Academic Freedom, recognized by North Idaho College in policy as the cornerstone of the educational process, and to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated effective teaching and academic preparation, effective performance of contractual responsibilities, continued professional growth, adherence to a professional code of conduct, and service in accordance with criteria established by the board of trustees…

Through tenure, NIC seeks to attract, select and retain faculty members whose competence, qualifications, educational philosophy, dedication to their students and commitment to the profession best complement the educational mission of the department, the institution and the discipline(s), thereby serving the broader interests of society..."