June 16th, 2015
The AFT also suggests that parents of college applicants find out the
percentage of contingent faculty a school has and how they are treated.
In its Just Ask brochure, the AFT suggests arriving for campus
visits with questions about the likelihood that first- or second-year
students will be taught by full-time, permanent faculty. The AFT also
suggests asking questions about adjunct pay and whether or not they have
office hours--a leading question, since adjuncts typically don't have
Selective schools with bulge bracket endowments normally have the best tenure-to-adjunct ratio. The March 5 Yale Daily News,
for example, reported that Yale's Faulty of Arts and Science had 462
tenured or tenure-track faculty and 15 adjuncts, about 4% of the total.
According to the Senate Health, Education, Pension and Labor Committee's
2013 survey of for-profit colleges, 80% of the faculty at bankrupt
Corinthian Colleges were adjuncts. But that's not far from the 76%
national average cited by the AAUP.