Tenured Full Professors at Public Four-Year Institutions

Tenure plays an important role in higher education to protect the academic freedom of faculty who teach and conduct research in colleges and universities across the country. Overall, the majority of all full-time faculty at public four-year institutions had tenure (47.6 percent) or were in tenure track positions in 2016 (19.5 percent), but differences emerged by race and ethnicity and international status.

Tenured Full Professors at Public Four-Year Institutions, by Race and Ethnicity: Fall 2016


U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2016

Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted.