Adjuncts at YSU teach 51 percent of the college’s credit hours, yet in 2016 300 full-time faculty collected 75 percent of the $40.5 million the college allocated to faculty pay. Over just 24 months, adjunct faculty at YSU saw the amount allocated for their pay drop by 11 percent. Meanwhile, full-time faculty pay over the same period was reduced by 1.1 percent.
Compare this to the AFT’s organizing record prior its 2006 launch of a state-by-state legislative push to increase the number of full-time faculty. Of the 44 faculty units organized by the AFT between 2001-2006, 12 were for full-time professors, 10 were a mix of full- and part-time professors, and 22 were for professors with part-time positions. In addition, in 2006 as a part of the push for more full-time faculty, the three higher education unions embraced the goal of “pay parity” for adjunct faculty, as opposed to pay equity.
The bottom line: AFT’s 1.6 million members equate to a dues-paying equivalent of 854,000 full-time employed teachers. And we still have a mystery on our hands. The loss of more than 69,000 members that AFT reported for 2016 is larger than its membership in California and Rhode Island combined. Where did these losses come from?
by P.D. Lesko According to the Hechinger Report, “college and university enrollment fell during the semester just coming to an end, marking a fifth straight year of decline.” Some academic pundits and higher education reporters are reporting that the declines could impact the finances of higher education institutions. However, the overall long-term higher education enrollment gains made […]
If, like me, you are anxious about the condition of public universities, “Starving the Beast” will only heighten your concerns. The film is a compelling account of how special interests collude to weaken public universities.
A new study finds that college students learn more from good-looking lecturers.
by Kent McDonald Tenure is a goal many professors strive for — but it remains further out of reach for women and underrepresented minorities, according to a recent research study from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Institute. Martin Finkelstein, a professor at Seton Hall University and one of the co-authors of the study, said the […]
by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The report concludes that a high percentage of newly-minted Ph.D.s complete school with “significant debt” and without jobs. Yet, colleges continue to enroll increasing numbers of doctoral candidates. Cue up “Casablanca” and Claude Rains’s […]
by P.D. Lesko Salaries for full-time college faculty are at an all-time high, and the 4-year graduation rate for U.S. college students as of 2013 stood at 39 percent, the lowest 4-year graduation rate ever recorded. Who’s to blame for abysmal graduation rates according to the AAUP’s recently released Report on the Economic Status of […]
by Becky Rynor Graduates themselves are often unsure of where to look for opportunities outside academe. Valerie Walker admits it wasn’t so long ago that she was “that grad student” wondering what the heck she was going to do if she didn’t stay in academia. After graduating in 2009 with a Ph.D. in physiology from McGill […]