Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Colleges’ Use of Adjuncts Comes Under Pressure

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.

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