ERIC Number: EJ1047955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 23
State U. vs. Target: Who Gets the Better Grade for Employee Treatment?
Thought & Action, p105-110 Fall 2014
The miserable pay of adjuncts and the transformation of colleges and universities into business are no longer foreign concepts in the public realm. What is a surprise, though, is that large companies, such as Target and Starbucks, take better care of their employees than those in higher education. This article focuses on the contrast between the way these institutions treat their employees and the much more humane way some large corporations treat theirs. The author opines that this is especially troubling because the college or university should foster critical thinking, ethical responsibilities, and a meritocratic structure. The author argues further that the educational institutions of America are falling behind large corporations in upholding a moral standard. Colleges and universities offer advanced courses in ethics, yet when it comes to fair treatment of their employees they fail Ethics 101.
Descriptors: Colleges, Employees, Employer Employee Relationship, Adjunct Faculty, Employment Practices, Personnel Management, Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Fringe Benefits, Governance, Social Systems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A