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A Nevada community college is taking steps to remove a tenured math professor after he objected to the softening of math standards at the school.
Lars Jensen, a professor at Truckee Meadows Community College for 22 years, said school officials have mounted a coordinated campaign against him after he protested their attempts to lower school math standards.
He has taken a stand against the state’s new curriculum structure that essentially allows remedial math classes to count for college credit.
On October 1, the school began a formal hearing process to remove Jensen on the grounds that he had received two years’ worth of negative performance reviews, in 2019-20 and 2020-21. According to Jensen, the hearing process is scheduled to end on October 22.
But Jensen claims the negative performance reviews are a ploy by the school to get rid of him, noting that tenured employees are “never” terminated.
“The reason I received the unsatisfactory evaluations, I believe, is in retaliation for having spoken up against President Hilgersom and other administrators’ management style,” Jensen told The College Fix in an email.
“In particular, I have spoken openly about how the college has lowered the standards of a college math course, as the college has transitioned its curriculum in the course to the co-requisite remediation model now sweeping the country.”
“When I spoke up against the lowering of standards in the course, I was silenced, given a letter of recommendation, and subsequently an unsatisfactory annual performance evaluation for 2019-20,” he said.
“The following year, the college again targeted me and falsely claimed my syllabi to be incomplete and that I missed a training, and for that they gave me another unsatisfactory evaluation for 2020-21.”Jensen noted the two unsatisfactory evaluations allowed President Karin Hilgersom to order a termination hearing.“TMCC cannot comment on Mr. Jensen or any personnel matter,” said Director of Marketing & Communications Kate Kirkpatrick in an email to The College Fix .Kirkpatrick, in a statement that mirrors one previously given to Insider Higher Ed , said academic tenure “is highly valued and recognized as an integral part of the academic process at TMCC, and in the last five […]
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