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Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

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Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area and across the country. In 2014 according to an article published by AdjunctNation, the Tufts part-time faculty union negotiated its first contract that, among other gains, hiked per course pay from $5,115 to $7,300 per course, a 22 percent increase. The union represents 200 adjunct faculty.

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Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the “Adjunct Crisis”

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by P.D. Lesko On Feb. 22, 2017, Blaine Greteman, an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, penned an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled, “Don’t Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis.” In his piece, Dr. Greteman writes, “Faculty hiring has been outpaced by that of administrators and staff charged with managing […]

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“End Jewish Privilege” Posters Strewn All Over Chicago College Campus

by Daniel J. Solomon Anti-Semitic fliers calling for an end to “Jewish privilege” have been strewn all over the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to student Eva Zeltser, who posted an image of the poster with her commentary on Tuesday, March 14. “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” the flier […]

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Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Higher education is in a bubble, and bubbles burst. Will it be as bad as the housing meltdown and financial collapse 2008-09? That's hard to say.

by Laura Hollis A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not only have two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business […]

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Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought

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by P.D. Lesko A new report, titled “Hungry and Homeless in College” reveals substantially higher rates of food insecurity among community college students than previously reported, while rates of housing insecurity and homelessness were consistent with prior estimates.” A 2015 report prepared by the same group, the Association of Community College Trustees, indicated that about half […]

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Have Our Students Turned into Moral Monsters Who Hate Free Speech?

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.

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Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Students

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by Kris Morrissey Teaching an English Literature class five years ago, the lights went out for no apparent reason. We sat looking at each other, considering the inherent symbolism of light – be it ambient or fluorescent. Then, when nothing happened, our discussion carried on at a deeper, more intense level to match the near […]

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In Chicago, Mass Student/Staff Protests in Support of Adjunct Faculty

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The AdjunctNation Editorial Team According to reporting on Chicagoist.com, groups demanding better treatment, pay and benefits for adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education held several demonstrations across the city Wednesday, including at Loyola University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. “We are everywhere. I want students to look up in […]

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Non-Tenured Faculty Layoffs at University of Oregon

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by Diane Deitz To save money, the University of Oregon is preparing to trim about 75 jobs from its nontenured faculty, according to United Academics, the labor union representing the faculty. Plans call for reductions of 25 positions from the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 from the College of Education and 25 from other […]

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At Ithaca College Admin and Adjuncts Clash Over Pay & Public Protests

Union members told students they felt that what progress has been made in negotiations is “clearly connected to the rallies” and asked students to keep up their activity in support of faculty efforts. Photo: Josh Brokaw

The union continues to push for more job security for full-time members, and pay parity per credit for part-time members. The last proposal they made on Feb. 24 would increase the college’s budget 0.29 percent over five years, they say, or about $700,000 per year. There are 230 part-time faculty members, that average 19.5 percent of a full-time employee in how much they teach. The faculty union estimates Ithaca College is spending $1,506,960 this year on paying part-time faculty.

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  • Campus Equity Week is Growing Bigger: But is Bigger Better?

    by Chris Cumo Forget the top-down hierarchy. Talk to anyone in the thick of things and you get the same answer: Campus Equity Week (CEW) is a grassroots movement, one with a protean nature that defies easy summation. CEW began in October 2001 (CEW 1) in the U.S. and Canada and will spread this October […]

  • OFTEN Comes Just in Time

    by Evelyn Beck Not too long ago, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) brought its adjuncts into the twenty-first century. “It’s hard to imagine anyone working without e-mail and computers even though it’s only been a few years since they became standards for adjuncts,” says Kathryn Baker, a former adjunct who has been teaching full time […]

  • A review of Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook

    by Evelyn Beck While most of the burgeoning number of books about distance education focus on instruction, this text is clearly aimed at students. Its purpose is similar to books like E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success by Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) though Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook […]

  • Real-Time Data Lead to Real-Life Lessons

    by Evelyn Beck In Scott Simkins’s economics classes at North Carolina State University in Greensboro, N.C., students try to predict the future—but not for traditional economics subjects. “Students aren’t predicting the price of pork bellies next week but rather who’s going to win the election or whether the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest […]

  • New law, e-books and rentals may make college textbooks less costly

    by Eric Gorski On Friday afternoons between work and rugby practice, Brittany Wolfe would rush to the campus library hoping copies of her advanced algebra textbook had not all been checked out by like-minded classmates. It was part of the math major’s routine last quarter at the University of California, Los Angeles: Stand in line […]

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