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  •  You can't generalize from (2+ / 0-)

    the tuition-to-adjuct-pay ratio to the university's overall tuition-to-instructor-pay ratio. Most classes at our aforementioned "small university" are taught by tenure-track faculty, who make far more per student credit hour than adjuncts. Yes, our athletic department runs a deficit and thus draws a little bit from general revenue -- but overall it's not enough to factor into these sorts of calculations.

    Adjuncts aren't paid like crap because that's all schools can afford -- they're paid like crap because, in a flooded labor market, schools can get away with it. The low adjunct pay is criminal, in my opinion (and I'm sure you wouldn't disagree) -- but that's a separate issue from the one you raise.

    Grew a mustache and a mullet / Got a job at Chick-Fil-A

    by cardinal on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:35:24 PM PST

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    •  From a customer standpoint, (2+ / 0-)
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      one would think that students would pay less for a class taught by an adjunct, but this is not the case.
      In another aside, a friend who was tenured retired from the state university one town over at a salary of $16,000 in 2002. I know I paid around $900 per 3 credit class, and he taught three classes with around 30 students each. This makes me think that the teacher/student interface is of minor financial consideration to college administration. Just saying.

      "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

      by northsylvania on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:27:01 PM PST

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