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Ivy Tech Community College Blames Affordable Care Act for “Shortage” of Adjunct Faculty

by Seth Schlabaugh

Ivy Tech Community College is experiencing a shortage of adjunct faculty linked to the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.

“We know that in some areas, that’s a 30 percent to 40 percent increase in the need for the number of adjunct faculty,” regional Chancellor Andy Bowne said during a speech last Friday, three days before the start of fall semester.

ObamaCare also could limit award-winning professional development opportunities for the adjunct faculty.

The East Central region of the college employs about 120 full-time faculty and about 500 adjunct or part-time faculty.

“Even as late as maybe yesterday or the day before, I saw the need for anatomy and physiology adjunct,” Bowne said.

During the speech at the Horizon Convention Center to about 270 faculty and staff, Bowne looked into the audience and added, “Did we fill that? Did we find somebody yet?” Bowne asked.

He got a “no” response. “Nope,” he repeated into the microphone for all to hear.

“We know that at least early on, our adjunct faculty were feeling like, ‘You’re kind of pinching us; why are you doing that exactly?’ ” Bowne said. “It’s out of our hands in so many ways.”

Ivy Tech

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