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  • NJCher (2599 posts)
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    When Colleges Rely on Adjuncts, Where Does the Money Go?

    Study suggests the funds institutions gain aren’t going to instruction.
    By Scott Jaschik
    January 5, 2017

    Colleges and universities of all kinds are increasingly relying on non-tenure-track faculty members. And administrators frequently defend their hiring choices by citing money. Since adjuncts are paid less than those on the tenure track (and frequently lack benefits), it costs colleges less to have a section taught by an adjunct than by someone who is tenured or on the tenure track.

    But where do the savings go?

    The American Institutes of Research released two studies Wednesday to answer that question. Both studies use data from the Delta Cost Project — which is highly regarded for tracking how colleges spend money — and both were sponsored by the TIAA Institute.

    With regard to savings, the studies suggest that what colleges are saving on instructional costs isn’t resulting in more investment in tenure-track faculty, as some might hope. Rather, the savings appear to be showing up elsewhere, if at all.

    Here are some of the key findings:

    See link for findings and the rest of the article.

    Please note:  the article was only posted yesterday and already has 57 comments.


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  • GZeusH (2467 posts)
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    1. To the top, duhhh

    Another gimmick designed to funnel money to those that already have it.

    Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.
    • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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      4. +1,000,000

      as with everything over the last 30+ years.  Kill the workers, empower the upper classes.

  • Fasttense (1608 posts)
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    2. Wow, so no money is saved and the quality of the education declines

    Some colleges spend the savings on more admin and maintenance.  Some don’t spend it at all when it is a smaller savings.

    But all the instructors get to work harder, longer and with less compensation or benefits.  Sound simply like a way to crush workers.

    • MistaP (6948 posts)
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      5. also for fancy new facilities and rooms to show off the HS seniors and parents

      during campus tours–“nothing but the best”

      but infrastructure can’t make up for personnel

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
      • awoke in 2003 (410 posts)
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        6. Don't forget stadiums. nt

        Call me Owen
      • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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        7. yep – the university of wa has gone in big for new acquisitions and new

        constructions — I was a grad student there and got out just before it went full yuppie


        I can remember in my undergrad/working days, the ave was a wild paradise — god its a wasteland now like the rest of the city

  • Eggar (2093 posts)
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    3. Fortune Favors those who Favor Fortunes

    We Suk