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Institutional need criteria will be diligently addressed by the department when requesting the addition of a new position or a new hire for an existing position. This will ensure that every new hire is justifiably needed.

During a faculty member’s comprehensive tenure evaluation (see FAC 443.2.1), the department chair (or division chair, if the faculty member being evaluated is the department chair, or the most senior faculty member of the division if the person is both department and division chair) and the Chief Academic Officer will submit to the Faculty Review Committee evidence relating to institutional need for the position. This justification will be based on information addressing the two categories of criteria: Core Issues of Mission and Cost/System Efficiency.

Issues of institutional need for positions occupied by tenured faculty members not seeking promotion will be addressed through the program review process.