Adjunct professors fight for crumbs on campus

“As colleges and universities rev for the fall semester, the stony exploitation of the adjunct faculty continues, providing cheap labor for America’s campuses, from small community colleges to knowledge factories with 40,000 students. The median salary for adjuncts, according to the American Association of University Professors, is $2,700 per three-credit course. Some schools raise this slightly to $3,000 to $5,000; a tiny few go higher. Others sink to $1,000. Pay scales vary from school to school, course to course.”

. . .

“For strapped adjuncts with no off-campus income, a solution is to replace a minimum wage with a living wage — say, $15,000 a course plus benefits. Where would the money come from? Start with cuts to presidential salaries, which are at all-time highs. Annual pay packages from $500,000 to more than $1 million are common. Meanwhile, the loan debts of students — the pre-unemployed — soar.”

 

Read more at The Washington Post.

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