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The Corporatization of Higher Education: With a System That Caters to the 1 Percent, Students and Faculty Get Screwed

Fed up with a higher education system that prioritizes profits above all else, students and faculty are fighting back against exploitation in universities across the country. From Salon: “Per-course pay for adjunct faculty averages around $2,800. Three courses is typically considered full-time. Trevithick is teaching six. At the average rate, if he did that in […]

The Plight of The Adjunct Professor

Emily Maloney at the Georgia Political Review outlines the real problems faced by faculty and students when universities drive down the cost of instruction through the use of cheap academic labor: “At the end of the day, adjuncts all over the country are often highly educated, compassionate, effective teachers that make a difference in their students’ […]

At USC, Our Administrator-to-Faculty Pay Ratio is a Major Problem

  Last week, the Daily Trojan highlighted a very real problem on campus – a sharp increase in high-paying administrative positions that has “substantially outpaced increases in faculty hiring and (student) enrollment”.   This focus on the business of education, rather than student learning, is part of a disturbing trend in higher education that has […]

Higher Education's Reliance on Adjuncts Has Consequences

In the Tampa Bay Times, Kym O’Sullivan speaks out about academia’s dirty little secret: “Students are often clueless about the situation, believing all professors to be full time, but adjuncts are so disconnected from campus life that the classroom experience is diminished. For instance, we don’t have our own offices, so we must cart our supplies in […]

The College President-to-Adjunct Pay Ratio

A great piece from The Atlantic’s Laura McKenna: “While income inequality in higher education isn’t as high as Chipotle, it does rival that of other publicly traded corporations, including Nike, IBM, and Motorola. State schools with the highest-paid presidents seem to be offsetting their administrative bloat with cheaper labor.” Just a reminder: USC President Nikias raked […]

USC Sees Increase in Administrative Staff

From the Daily Trojan: “Amid concern over rising tuition, USC has seen a 305.8 percent increase in hired administrative employees over a 25 year period, while the number of enrolled students has only increased by 66.3 percent, according to a study by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and the American Institutes for Research […]

Back to School: The Price We Pay in 4 Graphics

Fall semester is in full swing, and our campus is buzzing with activity. The first weeks of back on campus are always an exciting time for students and faculty, and this year is no exception.   This year, however, we’re paying special attention to university priorities, and working hard to ensure university resources are going to […]

There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts

Caroline Fredrickson of The Atlantic writes:   “That colleges and universities have turned more and more of their frontline employees into part-time contractors suggests how far they have drifted from what they say they are all about (teaching students) to what they are increasingly all about (conducting research, running sports franchises, or, among for-profits, delivering […]