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Student Debt Disparity: It's Got to Go

Student Debt Disparity: It’s Got to Go

Though we’ve previously discussed the “The Disparate Truth of Debt in Higher Education,” on this blog, it’s time to revisit it from a new angle with fresh evidence that amplifies the need to act now to reduce debt disparity because “[o]nly when equity is combined with access will the full promise of American higher education truly be fulfilled.” Right now, too many students of color are falling through the cracks and missing educational opportunities or struggling to finance their education, and ...

Hands Up: Racial and Economic Inequality in Higher Education

Hands Up: Racial and Economic Inequality in Higher Education

Gather round class, it's time to talk about how racial and economic inequality are interconnected social problems and how they're working in higher ed to perpetuate those inequalities in society at large. Social problems are just that, social, they are embedded in the social structure which shapes our society and our individual experiences. As such, these problems cannot be fixed or blamed on individuals and impact large numbers of people in a negative way. Social problems are circular and both ...

Faculty Move Forward Together, Not One Step Back in Richmond, Virginia

Faculty Move Forward Together, Not One Step Back in Richmond, Virginia

“People who work for fast-food corporations like McDonald’s led the way, but the Fight for $15 is now for everyone” (Derick Smith, Adjunct Faculty at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University). As Spelman adjunct philosophy professor Tara Holman knows, “[teaching] would be the best job in the world if I actually made a sustainable, living wage.” Too many of us in higher education know the truth, though: there is no such thing as a sustainable, living wage for most adjunct facul ...

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 ...

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