What to Do When a Student Grieves Against You

What to Do When a Student Grieves Against You

by Stefanie Schwalb “A STUDENT GRIEVANCE is a college-related problem, which a student believes to be unfair, inequitable, discriminatory, or a hindrance to the educational process. A grievance also includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age.” This definition from the Student Grievances Procedures section at the Web […]

Enrollment is on the Rise at the University of Phoenix

Enrollment is on the Rise at the University of Phoenix

by Chris Cumo TO PARAPHRASE FRANKILN Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, the University of Phoenix has nothing to fear, not even fear itself. The for-profit university announced a 22 percent increase in enrollment between May 31, 1999 and May 31, 2000. Online enrollment, which leapt 44.7 percent, fueled much of this growth according to the […]

No More Mr. Nice Guy at Microsoft

by Gayle Fredericks THE END OF June marked the end of an era at Microsoft Corp., when a new policy went into effect that restricts the company’s extensive use of temporary workers. Besieged by lawsuits and complaints, Microsoft is limiting the length of temporary workers’ contracts to 365 days, and will further require that workers […]

Washington State agencies admit knowledge of illegally denying benefits to thousands of part-time faculty

Washington State agencies admit knowledge of illegally denying benefits to thousands of part-time faculty

by Noah Roberts AT LEAST TWO state agencies have known for more than a decade that part-time community college instructors in Washington were illegally denied retirement benefits. Audits conducted in 1989 and 1990 by the state Department of Retirement Systems found that every public two-year college failed to credit the retirement accounts of part-time instructors […]

Hearing is Believing: Televised hearings shine a bright light on California’s 29,000 part-time faculty

Hearing is Believing: Televised hearings shine a bright light on California’s 29,000 part-time faculty

by D.J. Brasket AN HISTORIC EVENT took place in California on January 12, 2000 as a Joint Legislative Audit Committee held a four-hour hearing in at the State Capitol to discuss part-time faculty issues in the California Community College system. California has the largest Community College system in the nation, with 107 colleges employing 15,700 […]

Adjuncts Win the Right to Get Sick

Adjuncts Win the Right to Get Sick

by Jack Longmate IN WASHINGTON STATE, 2SSB 6811 will provide for “pro-rata sick leave” and leave sharing for part-time community college faculty. The bill, written by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle, passed the Senate by a vote of 49 to 1 (Feb 14) and the House 97 to 0 (Feb 29). While it must return to the […]

Allan Hancock Part-Timers Vote for Union Representation

Allan Hancock Part-Timers Vote for Union Representation

by D. J. Brasket AFTER MORE THAN two years of struggle, part-time faculty instructors at Allan Hancock College, in California, won union representation by an overwhelming majority. Of the 315 part-timers who voted, 84 percent supported representation by the Communication Workers of America (CWA). Although part-timers began organizing for union representation in 1997, they spent more than […]

EMULOC Wins Big: MFT Press Release

EMULOC Wins Big: MFT Press Release

ISSUING A DECISION in favor of the Eastern Michigan University Lecturers Organizing Congress (EMULOC), the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) has granted the right of union representation to full-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University. “Our decision herein,” the Commission concludes, “will give lecturers who have been employed for many years, some close to 20 years, and who have […]

California Part-Timers Picket Chancellor’s Office

California Part-Timers Picket Chancellor’s Office

by Pamela Weiger WHILE IT MAY ONLY be part of their reason for teaching, pay has become a major issue for part-time instructors at California’s community colleges. The compensation issue turned more than 50 of the teachers into protesters earlier this month as they marched in front of state Chancellor Thomas J. Nussbaum’s office here to draw […]

Female Astronomers & the Glass Ceiling

by Sally Pye EVEN THE COSMOS has a glass ceiling, according to information to be discussed at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week. Things are not as bad as they were a half century ago, when women were barred from using some of the biggest telescopes in their work. But a report on the […]