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The head of the union that represents academic and professional faculty at the State University of New York today expressed concern that while the enacted state budget took many steps forward, it fell short of providing the resources necessary to meet the university’s growing needs.
“State lawmakers responded to our call to increase state support for SUNY’s state-operated campuses and to safeguard SUNY hospitals, and for that we are extremely grateful,” said UUP President Fred Kowal, Ph.D. He noted that the $7.6 million increase for state-operated campuses is the first increase in state support for SUNY since 2008. “It’s a step in the right direction toward closing the gap created by years of underfunding, but more needs to be done.” MORE
WASHINGTON — It’s time for Congress to pay attention to the abuse of adjunct faculty members, and the way their poor working conditions impact not only them, but their students, says a new report from the House Education and the Workforce Committee. While the report largely endorses previous studies on the subject, “The Just-In-Time Professor” document marks the first time Congress has so formally acknowledged a situation that adjunct activists have long deemed exploitative.
“The contingent faculty trend appears to mirror trends in the general labor market toward a flexible, ‘just-in-time’ workforce, with lower compensation and unpredictable schedules for what were once considered middle-class jobs,” says the report from the office of Rep. George Miller, the senior committee Democrat, from California. “The trend should be of concern to policymakers both because of what it means for the living standards and the work lives of those individuals we expect to educate the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and other highly skilled workers, and what it may mean for the quality of higher education itself.”
Essay by Peter D.G. Brown
Class warfare in the academy is unlikely to end any time soon. Meanwhile, we urgently need to connect the dots, to stop underfunding and privatizing public higher education. At the same time, we need to put an end to wasteful spending and overly generous perks that top administrators dole out to themselves. Saddling our students with backbreaking tuition loan debt is simply unsustainable. They, their parents, taxpayers and legislators deserve to know where their hard-earned tuition and tax dollars are going. The quality of their education and thus the future of our country depend on providing a living wage, job security and benefits to those actually teaching in our classrooms.
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