College Cuts Adjuncts’ Hours In Response to Affordable Health Care Act

College Cuts Adjuncts’ Hours In Response to Affordable Health Care Act

by Mary Niederberger To Community College of Allegheny County’s president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving measure at a time the college faces a funding reduction. But to some of the employees […]

Is Administrative Bloat Hurting Higher Ed? Number of College Administrators Up 60 Percent from 1993

Is Administrative Bloat Hurting Higher Ed? Number of College Administrators Up 60 Percent from 1993

by John Hechinger J. Paul Robinson, chairman of Purdue University’s faculty senate, strode through the halls of a 10- story concrete-and-glass administrative tower. “I have no idea what these people do,” said Robinson, waving his hand across a row of offices, his voice rising. The 59-year-old professor of biomedical engineering is leading a faculty revolt […]

After Chancellor Proposes 35 Percent Cut For PTers and 4 Percent Bump For FTers—4,265 Union Members Vote to Strike

After Chancellor Proposes 35 Percent Cut For PTers and 4 Percent Bump For FTers—4,265 Union Members Vote to Strike

by Bill Schackner The longest faculty labor dispute in the history of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities inched closer to a showdown as union professors voted overwhelmingly to give their negotiators authority to call a strike. Affirmative votes were cast by 95 percent of those taking part in the election, which included more than 86 percent of […]

Adjunct Critical of Union’s Refusal to Cooperate With Police on Embezzlement of Dues Urges PTers to Boycott Union

Adjunct Critical of Union’s Refusal to Cooperate With Police on Embezzlement of Dues Urges PTers to Boycott Union

by P.D. Lesko In Washington State, the AFT and NEA have a virtual lock on the organization of higher education faculty. At Green River Community College (GRCC) in Auburn, Washington, the faculty are represented by a singular AFT-NEA joint affiliate. Kathryn Re teaches mathematics at Green River Community College, and in 2011 helped co-found an […]

Average 2011 College Grad Saddled With $26,000 of Debt & Faces 8.8 Percent Unemployment

Average 2011 College Grad Saddled With $26,000 of Debt & Faces 8.8 Percent Unemployment

by Justin Pope It’s the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it’s another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 — up about 5 percent from the class before. The […]

DC-Wide Union Movement Targets PTers @ Georgetown U.

DC-Wide Union Movement Targets PTers @ Georgetown U.

by Braden McDonald Building on its success in unionizing adjunct faculty members at The George Washington University and American University, officials of the Service Employees International Union Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor have begun marshalling support for a similar union at Georgetown. According to Kip Lornell (pictured left), vice president for higher education at SEIU Local 500, the union […]

Higher Ed Trends: The Growing Enrollment of Students on the Autism Spectrum

Higher Ed Trends: The Growing Enrollment of Students on the Autism Spectrum

by J. Swift Over the next decade, more students with autism spectrum disorders are expected to enroll in America’s universities than ever before. And according to several experts, their success in higher education largely hinges on how institutions accommodate the needs of the ever-increasing population. Jordan White — a 21-year-old computer science major living in […]

Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt—How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt—How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

by Anne Fischer The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich ISBN: 978-1610391733 288 pages On March 18, 1970, over one hundred activists occupied the offices of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Under the banner of the magazine’s slogan “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” […]

When the Powerful Victimize the Weak: Penn State As A Morality Play About PT Faculty

When the Powerful Victimize the Weak: Penn State As A Morality Play About PT Faculty

by P.D. Lesko At a noon press conference today, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General announced that the state had issued an indictment of Dr. Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State University. Spanier was fired in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal that snared several Penn State University officials, including two administrators, as well […]