Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

by Carl Kenney Adjunct professors are often treated like Walmart employees. At Walmart, those pulling the strings are most concerned with making money. Consumers flood the retail giant because of   those amazing low prices. “Always low tuition” is the desired slogan of your favorite university. Higher education feels more like Wall Street than a […]

Academic Publishing is Destined to Fail without Better Publisher-Author Partnership

Academic Publishing is Destined to Fail without Better Publisher-Author Partnership

by Ken Wachsberger IN THE MAY 26, 2014 issue of The Nation, Scott Sherman wrote about the precarious state of academic publishing due largely to pressures it faces, including from declining library budgets, the rise of commercial publishing conglomerates, and especially the growing popularity of electronic publishing, seen by some university press directors as “a decisive rupture from the […]

Gentleman Scholars & The Rise of the Higher Ed Aristocracy

Gentleman Scholars & The Rise of the Higher Ed Aristocracy

by Rick Perlstein Here’s a personal observation with a political thrust: if I were single, I don’t think I could handle dating a graduate student in the humanities or the social sciences. Or someone with a PhD but not a tenure-track job. Or perhaps even a junior professor working for tenure. When I close my […]

New Survey Suggests Adjuncts May Be Unrealistic About Their Career Prospects

New Survey Suggests Adjuncts May Be Unrealistic About Their Career Prospects

by P.D. Lesko Fasten your seat belts. There’s a new study out, the “College Graduate Employment Survey,” by Accenture. Who’s Accenture? From the company’s website: “Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 261,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries […]

Oakton CC Tells Dept. Chairs: “Limit Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act Pay-out”

Oakton CC Tells Dept. Chairs: “Limit Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act Pay-out”

by Tom Robb When Henry Ford first put his Model T’s and Model A’s on the assembly line, he introduced a revolutionary concept: workers should be able to afford the cars they are making. That concept seems lost on today’s business leaders and others. Last week, Oakton Community College, which serves Glenview and several North […]

Combat Administrative Bloat: Require Public Colleges to Spend 80% of Revenues on Instruction

Combat Administrative Bloat: Require Public Colleges to Spend 80% of Revenues on Instruction

by P.D. Lesko One college president told the local newspaper that his college was lowering the number of hours per week adjunct faculty could teach from 30 to 29 for a single reason: to skirt the new federal regulations that are associated with the 2014 full-scale implementation of Obamacare. The college president said his institution […]

Is Administrative Bloat Hurting Higher Ed? Number of College Administrators Up 60 Percent from 1993

Is Administrative Bloat Hurting Higher Ed? Number of College Administrators Up 60 Percent from 1993

by John Hechinger J. Paul Robinson, chairman of Purdue University’s faculty senate, strode through the halls of a 10- story concrete-and-glass administrative tower. “I have no idea what these people do,” said Robinson, waving his hand across a row of offices, his voice rising. The 59-year-old professor of biomedical engineering is leading a faculty revolt […]

When Faculty Can No Longer Afford To Teach: Ph.D.s on Foodstamps Center Stage in Academe

When Faculty Can No Longer Afford To Teach: Ph.D.s on Foodstamps Center Stage in Academe

By Kristina Chew College tuition keeps going up and also the amount of debt students and their families take on. College costs more not because of professors’ salaries: The Chronicle of Higher Education says that, according to the latest data from the 2011 Census, about 360,000 of the 22 million Americans with master’s degrees or higher […]

More College Students Facing Homelessness

More College Students Facing Homelessness

by Madeline Kirkpatrick Many things come to mind when one imagines the archetypal college student; chimneys of textbooks, late-night partying—er, studying, the proverbial cap-and-gown for graduation. And while few people would add the word “homeless” to that list of characteristics, the truth is that for a growing number of college students across the United States, homelessness […]

Fretting About “Liberal” College Profs. & Young, Impressionable Undergrads? GOP Candidates Are in A Time Warp…

Fretting About “Liberal” College Profs. & Young, Impressionable Undergrads? GOP Candidates Are in A Time Warp…

by Barbara Shelley College isn’t cool on the GOP campaign trail. First we had Mitt Romney accusing President Barack Obama of hanging out, at least metaphorically, in “the faculty lounge,” a supposed bastion of liberal intellectual pontification that doesn’t really exist. University professors don’t have much time to lounge these days. Now we have Rick […]