Inside Higher Ed
December 19th, 2014
It seems to be a common bit of wisdom that small classes with limited
enrollments such as first year composition, or other general education
courses, are not money makers.
We’re told it’s the large lectures, built on the 600-1000 person
“sage on a stage” model, that are supporting these smaller undergraduate
While these large lectures may be “profitable,” so are the smaller enrollment general education classes at universities that rely on non-tenure-track labor.
I’ve been writing about
Arizona State the past couple days, but this is not an Arizona State
phenomenon. This is something that is shared at any university that
makes significant use of low paid, nontenurable instructors. Given that ¾
of all instructional faculty fit this designation, this is obviously
true in many places.