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“A profound national crisis in higher education”

That’s what is being said about the increasing employment of adjunct professors in this article on Inside Higher Ed.


The American Federation of Teachers wants legislation to solve this crisis, a typical union move that demands a one-size-fits-all solution. A solution, incidentally, that fits nicely with its own interests in pulling in more dues money.


There’s a lot of blather here, such as the statement by one union official that “You can’t have a profession where people aren’t fully employed.” Nonsense. Adjunct profs can be every bit as knowledgeable and motivated as a full-time professor, perhaps even more so.  They are often fully employed, just not at the college or university.  Teaching a single class may be just what they want to do.


The fact that employing adjunct faculty helps significantly in keeping down the cost of going to college barely appears at all in this discussion.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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