Inside Higher Ed
July 21st, 2014
Colleges and universities have outsourced lots of services in the
past several decades, from food preparation and delivery to bookstores
to sanitation. But to many academics it is taboo to even consider
outsourcing the faculty.
Not in Michigan. In recent years, a handful of community colleges in
that state have outsourced the recruitment and hiring of adjunct
instructors – who make up the overwhelming majority of the community
college teaching force – to an educational staffing company. Just last
week, the faculty union at a sixth institution, Jackson College, signed a
collective bargaining agreement allowing EDUStaff to take over adjunct
hiring and payroll duties.