These people work more but are paid far less — and they're teaching your children

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  • Tiger Lilly Flower Mound, TX
    Aug. 10, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    This is a nice step in the right direction, but realistically, who can afford to pay back ANY student loans (for 10 years or otherwise) on 16,200 a year?

    Parents of college students and college students themselves should know that a schedule like this is not unusual for an adjunct: Three early morning classes for SLCC (no parking benefits, no office supplies, no office); eat lunch in a parking lot; two afternoon classes for another school, like Weber; eat dinner in another parking lot; 2 more night classes at yet another school, like BYU). (No benefits; no parking benefits; no office supplies; no office--all the tools of the trade? i.e. DVDs, notebooks, laptops-- are carried in the trunk) Work 8 hours on Saturday at a bookstore.

    I know this. I did it.

  • James E Tooele, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    On the one hand, there are more people in higher education than ever before and it costs more than ever. More customers paying more money, why are budgets being squeezed? On the other hand, there is more labor in the pool because there are more useless advanced degrees than ever before. What else can you do with your German Polka doctorate but be a professor of German Polka Studies? More labor there is, the less labor costs. Too bad they didn't study economics.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    There's something far more wrong than just forgiving student debt to these adjuncts. Even without having to pay such debt, how can they possibly afford to work in such conditions, according to this article?