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ERIC Number: ED418745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Pages: 9
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On the Over-use and Under-pay of Part-time Faculty in America's Colleges.
Mendelowitz, Seth
This paper addresses the overuse and underpay of part-time faculty at Illinois' Parkland College, and throughout American higher education in general. The proposed State of Illinois Senate Bill No. 1376 limits the use of part-time faculty to a supplementary capacity, or for use only when full-time faculty is unavailable, and will likely exacerbate the gross undercompensation of part-time faculty, who receive only one-third the per-credit-hour wage of full-time faculty. As the use of part-time faculty increases, colleges appear to be exploiting these instructors through low hourly wages and no benefits. The American economy and rapidly changing technology have also had some adverse effects on the educational system, prompting higher costs and depleting funding. Gradually, unions and state legislatures are addressing the inequitable compensation of part-timers. Hopefully, with a growing national awareness of the inadequacies of current educational funding, these inequities will soon begin to be rectified. If they're not, the state of education may pay a heavy price. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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