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A. Paige Warren Represents at the White House Summit on the United State of Women

A. Paige Warren Represents at the White House Summit on the United State of Women

The National Center for Educational Statistics declared in 2009 that: “51.6 percent of contingent faculty are women.” According to a 2014 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, “Almost half of all unionized workers (45.8 percent in 2013) are women.” As a cis-gender female adjunct instructor and a proud union member of SEIU Local 73, I represent both of the demographics above. As an activist, I am also hungry to address other numbers, such as women earning 78.3% as much as men i ...

Arithmetic for College Presidents

Arithmetic for College Presidents

Dear University Presidents and Provosts, and other “high-ranking” administration officials (not to mention men's athletic coaches) who make more than a quarter million dollars a year: I'd like to give y'all a little math lesson.  Now follow me closely – this'll be easy if you pay attention.  I'm an adjunct instructor at Fordham, “New York's Jesuit University”, so the figures I will use for adjunct income are what I am paid by that highly moral institution. Step 1:  An adjunct is paid aroun ...

The Hidden Costs of Adjuncting: Staying Alive and Getting to Work

The Hidden Costs of Adjuncting: Staying Alive and Getting to Work

By Lee Kottner Adjuncts have been called Freeway Flyers and Roads Scholars. I’m the Public Transportation Prof. It costs me about $3,000/year—a little less than 10% of my income—to get to work eight months of the year, between a monthly unlimited subway pass (reasons for which will become apparent momentarily), a pass for the commuter rail, and cash for the bus or a taxi. And that’s when I’m only teaching at one college. When I’m teaching at more than one institution, I may use that unlimited ...

To Lead or Not to Lead: Spellings' Hesitation is Questionable

To Lead or Not to Lead: Spellings’ Hesitation is Questionable

Newly appointed University of North Carolina (UNC) System President Margaret Spellings has sided with what may fairly be described as an absurd and discriminatory state law, North Carolina House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), rather than take a stand for transgender students, which negatively affects the entire campus community. Spellings’ lack of leadership is apparent when compared with Duke University President Richard Brodhead’s decisive leadership that calls for a full repeal of H.B. 2. Brodhead did not ...

On Not Being a Professor

On Not Being a Professor

Sometime in my junior year of college I began thinking about becoming a professor. I’d been, frankly, a lousy and bored student up until then. But at some point going to class ceased being a burden and became exciting. Unlike schooling up to that point, critical ideas—political ideas, radical ideas, difficult ideas, new perspectives, challenges to received authority, feminism—took center stage and the teachers, my professors, asked us to argue with them, to debate the material they brought to us ...

Straight Outta Scandal: Ellen Drops University of Phoenix Giveaways

Straight Outta Scandal: Ellen Drops University of Phoenix Giveaways

Since it debuted in 2003, millions of viewers have tuned into The Ellen DeGeneres Show to dance, laugh, connect with human-interest stories, listen to candid celebrity interviews, and watch stellar performances every weekday afternoon. Unfortunately, the show took a reckless turn on May 2nd, 2016 when this happened: DeGeneres presented a $25,000 scholarship from the University of Phoenix to a stay-at-home mom with aspirations of becoming an ultrasound technician. Viewers can also apply on the E ...

For-Profit Accreditor ACICS in the Spotlight

For-Profit Accreditor ACICS in the Spotlight

A quick glance at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools’ (ACICS) “Institution Closings” list reveals a disturbing trend: national and regional for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) are falling like dominoes. Westwood College, who currently tops the list, cited declining enrollments “due to market shifts and changes in the regulatory environment." Several ITT Technical Institute closures are also on the list, which ITT Tech Warriors creator Christina Hammond and fell ...

Labor Justice at Jesuit Institutions

Labor Justice at Jesuit Institutions

By Alan Trevithick Fordham Faculty United will host an event tomorrow “Labor Justice at Jesuit Institutions," and Dave Andrews, known to many as a key adjunct activist and organizer at Loyola Chicago, will be our main speaker. Given his experience, his insight, and his commitment, we're more than pleased to have him at the center of FFU's first major event at Fordham. That's at 1pm, in the FLOM auditorium at Walsh library, on the Rose Hill Campus. We're so looking forward to it, and to ...

Cry Foul! The NCAA Should Not Support the University of Phoenix

Cry Foul! The NCAA Should Not Support the University of Phoenix

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four is scheduled to take place in the massive University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1 and April 3 in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium occupies more than 25 acres and encompasses 1.7 million square feet of space, and at full capacity can seat 72,200 with an additional 7,400 Club Seats located in 88 luxury lofts. As impressive as those numbers are, we’re more concerned with the fact that combined national federal and private student loan debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion a ...

We Stand in Solidarity With the University of Puerto Rico Students

We Stand in Solidarity With the University of Puerto Rico Students

Over the course of last year the government of Puerto Rico has proposed over $166 million dollars in cuts to Puerto Rico University (UPR), which is the main public university system with 11 campuses serving over 69,000 students. Concerned activists on the mainland and in Puerto Rico believe this may open the door for tuition hikes and program cancellations, and students may fall victim to the University of Phoenix’s aggressive recruiting tactics that allegedly target Puerto Ricans. Many stude ...

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