Discussion: What’s driving the need for cheap college labor?
It’s a little known fact outside of academia, but an overwhelming majority of higher education instructors are adjunct faculty, generally making little more than $3,000-$4,000 per course. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of these teachers receive no health insurance through the college and rarely accrue retirement benefits. This is a dramatic shift from the early 1970s, when the majority of professors were full-time tenured or on a tenure track.
Adjunct faculty at three Minnesota schools—Hamline, Macalester and St. Thomas—are currently trying to unionize in hopes of gaining more economic security.
How can we balance delivering a high-quality education with ensuring all college employees are fairly compensated?
What’s changing in education that’s driving this increased reliance on meager faculty salary?
Today between 8-9:30, adjunct faculty members and a former college administrator, join us for a broad discussion on higher education finance.
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