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Don’t Blame Adjuncts for Grade Inflation—Blame Plummeting Expectations


By Donald Hurwitz GRADE INFLATION. The subject is hardly new, and it is real: GPAs on college campuses sit on the border of A-/B+, and grades have ratcheted up a notch every decade or so. It’s hard to make much of academic administrators’ plea for rigor and critical thinking skills when either they’ve already been achieved […]

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Relying on Non-Tenured Faculty = Profit over Integrity


By Samuel Hazo Many observers would agree that a lot of universities today no longer champion liberal education but are little more than academic corporations that bequeath to their graduates a degree in debt. Such debts often reach six figures and require a lifetime to remit while the lenders receive millions in interest and enrich […]

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A Perspective From Down Under—Adjuncts as Sandwich-Makers


by Nicki Smith   The phrase ‘Make me a sandwich’, which distills the age-old sexist stereotype that women belong in the kitchen, is something that I have found myself increasingly thinking about in the context of academia. More specifically, I have found myself thinking about where, in academia, the kitchen might lie, and who might […]

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Of Fast Food Academics: Adjuncts, Medicaid & Food Stamps


by Laura Finley The workers’ rights movement has exploded in the last few years, with fast food, agricultural and other workers staging strikes and other nonviolent actions to demand increased wages, benefits and better working conditions. One group of workers that has received far too little attention is adjunct college professors—those who are hired on a […]

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To Save Jobs of Adjuncts, FT Faculty Put Off Guaranteed Salary Hikes

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Different tiers of faculty don’t always fight with each other over money and control. At Eastern Illinois University, which is suffering from a steep enrollment drop and reduced state support, tenured and tenure-track faculty just put off a negotiated 1.5-percent raise for a year, Inside Higher Ed reports. They did so to temporarily save the jobs of more than two […]

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California Part-time faculty Association Asks Legislators for “Living Wage”

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An advocacy organization that represents 40,000 part-time college instructors across California is urging Governor Jerry Brown to make a sea change in how part-timers at schools like Gavilan College—which depends heavily on part-time faculty—are compensated. The California Part-Time Faculty Association is asking the state to create a “living wage” for part-timers—who are often at the […]

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


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 faculty […]

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


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, more […]

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


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 first: […]

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Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Pope


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 French […]

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