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College That Claims it “Can’t Afford” Health Care for Adjuncts, Spent $1.6M per FT Faculty/Staff in 2013

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Share by P.D. Lesko Ivy Tech Community College employs 120 full-time faculty and 500 part-time faculty. It’s a common ratio at American community colleges these days and it’s a ratio meant to achieve exactly one purpose: to save money. Recently, administrators at Ivy Tech alleged that the community college is experiencing a “shortage” of adjunct [...]

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Student Loan Forgiveness Bill for Adjunct Faculty Introduced in U.S. Senate

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Share As the reliance on part-time faculty grows at colleges and universities across the country, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would allow part-time faculty – who are often paid low wages with few benefits – to be eligible to participate in the federal student loan forgiveness program for public servants. In Illinois, [...]

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Colleges Become Gated Communities for the Rich—Staffed By The Working Poor

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Share Attending a four-year public college may soon be out of reach for all but the wealthiest. This is the greatest assault yet to the American dream. by Andy Kroll A few months ago, Bobby Stapleton, a 21-year-old student at the University of Michigan, received a phone call from his younger brother. The good news came [...]

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Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Pope

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Share by Jim Hightower If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference? If you’re Margaret Mary Vojtko, yes. Margaret Mary died last summer at age 83 — and her death has turned her name into an emotional rallying cry for adjunct college teachers who’re seeking justice from their schools. Vojtko had taught [...]

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Austin Community College Adjuncts Rally for Health Coverage

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Share by Becky Stieber Villarreal The road to health benefits for adjuncts at Austin Community College (ACC) has been long and arduous. Since the college’s inception forty years ago, it has been plagued by its overreliance on contingent faculty. Today, of the nearly 2000 faculty members whoteach at the mega-college that now sprawls across Central Texas with well over [...]

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New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructors

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Share by Nick Anderson New rules for the Affordable Care Act spell out for the first time a federal method to define the workload of part-time college instructors, but the formula will not necessarily require schools to provide the instructors with health-care coverage. The question of how to count hours worked by adjunct faculty members has [...]

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My Dog Has an Ophthalmologist and I Don’t

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Share by Jodi Campbell This was the shocking realization I came to last week. My dog has an ophthalmologist and I don’t. I had to take him to the ophthalmologist for a six month check up, quaking with fear the entire time that something would be wrong this time. It’s not just because I don’t want him to need [...]

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U of M Lecturers Participate In FLASH MOB To Call Attention To Contract Negotiations

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Share The University of Michigan’s Lecturer’s union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), entered talks for the group’s fourth contract with on November 30, 2012. LEO, as the union is known, represents some 1,500 full-time and part-time non-tenured faculty who teach on all of the college’s campuses. Headed by behavioral sciences adjunct [...]

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Managerial Madness: Why Higher Education Has Lost Its Way

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Share by Debra Leigh Scott While Chris LaBree and I were on the first leg of our Homeless Adjunct road tour, the updated list of university president salaries was released from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Here we were, traveling the area often called “The Rust Belt,” where the dedicated and determined educators we met [...]

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Yo! AAUP. You Call This A Plan For Progress? Seriously?!?

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Share by Debra Leigh Scott I was appalled to read The Chronicle article about the AAUP “plan” to provide “Better Pay, Job Stability, and a Career Path for Contingent Faculty” — to present this plan as anything but the atrocity it is…well, I am shocked and infuriated. Since I haven’t heard many speak out against this yet [...]

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