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ERIC Number: EJ805739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-11
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Price of Gas Fuels Tough Choices for Adjuncts
Grasgreen, Allie
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n44 pA1 Jul 2008
The cost of gasoline has made the art of juggling two or more teaching jobs at different institutions all the more difficult for many adjunct faculty members, as continuing price hikes at the nation's gasoline stations cut into salaries that often do not cover living expenses to begin with. These new pressures are particularly evident in California, where drivers now pay an average $4.59 per gallon--more than in any other state, according to the American Automobile Association. Kathy Scott, dean of communication and learning resources at Ventura College, has noticed the demands of adjunct faculty members rising along with gas prices. She says more and more adjuncts in her division have called her "begging" for their classes to be rearranged in blocks so they can commute to the campus fewer days during the week. Scott says she must accommodate the concerned adjuncts or risk eliminating classes. Last month, both houses in the California State Assembly passed a bill, which is scheduled to arrive on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk this week, from which point he will have 30 days to sign it. Among its provisions, the bill raises the number of hours per week that part-time faculty members are permitted to teach at California's community colleges. That change might be particularly helpful to Scott and other administrators in her position. In the past, adjuncts could teach only one five-unit language class per campus. The new bill would permit them to teach two, possibly allowing them to make a living teaching at fewer campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California