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New Survey Suggests Adjuncts May Be Unrealistic About Their Career Prospects

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Fasten your seat belts. There’s a new study out, the “College Graduate Employment Survey,” by Accenture. Who’s Accenture? From the company’s website: “Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 261,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012.”

The methodology used for the study is a bit dodgy. The survey’s authors explain: “Accenture conducted an online survey in the United States of 1,010 students graduating from college in 2013 and entering the job market, and 1,005 participants who already graduated college in 2011 or 2012. The survey was conducted between March 22 and April 1, 2013.” Who knows if people could figure a way to fill out the survey multiple times, or the people who did respond were actually who they claimed to be? Not Accenture, and not us.

The Chronicle of Higher Education posted a piece about the survey (without linking to

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2 Comments for “New Survey Suggests Adjuncts May Be Unrealistic About Their Career Prospects”

  1. Good Riddance Higher Ed

    After leaving telecommunications in 2005 I decided to put my graduate degree to work and, at age 47, do what I always wanted: Teach in college. Does anyone out there have a time machine I may borrow?

    After 8 years of dwindling classes, treated like a migrant worker, no retirement, poverty wages, no benefits, consistently being lied to, told I was an employee yet paid by “contract” to “contact” and ignored when asked how this can be, (How in the f— can one be an employee and a contract employee simultaneously?) pressured to give high grades to show high graduation rates by a complicit, collectively corrupt administration, teaching so called college students with academic skills below the 8th grade level, rampant cut and paste plagiarism, desperate, hapless adjuncts with no courage to stand and fight for their rights, among many other factors, I am done.

    Question to High education administration America – How can you sleep at night? Question to adjunct nation professors – How can you sleep at night?

    I think of my father and mother and their father and mother and their ilk. Generations that fought company wars, bloody union battles, earned worker rights, and valued the professor as the voice of authority in the classroom. All fought for is lost. Goodbye higher ed. Perhaps America one day will return you to highest ranked in the world however, I doubt it. The trend is to dumb down higher Ed. like our devastated k-12 system and relegate the “professor” profession from those who profess the body of knowledge to part time paper grader. May you pay for your sins.

  2. GREAT article. This is the meat of the matter where adjunct faculty are concerned. There is a steady and ready supply of people willing to be underemployed and underpaid, if even for a year or two. It’s enough so that colleges and universities are in the position of always having a buyer’s market. I agree that the methodology of the survey may be less than ideal, but the reality of the results is something most adjuncts just can’t argue with.

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