Wall Street Journal
February 16th, 2015
For decades, the nation’s colleges and universities have tried to
hold down costs by shifting from reliance on tenured professors to an
army of cheaper adjunct instructors. Now that business model is starting
to crack, as adjuncts increasingly are winning battles to unionize and
schools, in response, have begun to offer long-term contracts and better
pay to more of the instructors.
The move comes amid growing
frustration from students and parents paying tens of thousands of
dollars a year in tuition for an education taught mostly by itinerant
faculty, sometimes nicknamed “road scholars” because of all the time
they spend driving between schools to teach.