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  •  The cost of educating a student has not risen (1+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate

    it is the price of tuition that has risen.  And the reason there are so many damn administrators is that the government is trying to "work smarter not harder", which realy means paying teachers less and having more paper pushers that spend most of their time justifying their existence.

    The real culprit in the skyrocketing of college costs at public colleges and universities is decreased government support for them, which throws more of the burden on students.

    The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:34:30 PM PST

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    •  The states are transferring (0+ / 0-)

      higher ed funding to the community colleges. They are cheaper to run-- with underpaid faculty and poorer facilities. The have dramatically cut funding to the public 4-year colleges and universities. State legislatures are challenging tenure and require assessment for every aspect of learning on all levels of public education. Everything must be measureable -- including the arts and critical thinking. State legislators and governors believe they are the experts when it comes to education.

      •  No, they're not (2+ / 0-)
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        annetteboardman, AoT

        They are slashing community college funding at the same time those community colleges are being swamped with an explosion of students who are looking for education they can still afford.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:09:38 PM PST

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        •  I'm a community college professor (3+ / 0-)
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          fuzzyguy, AoT, sillia

          ADJUNCT. This means, I'm basically a part timer, hired on a semester by semester basis, with no benefits (although that's changing a little). And classes can be taken away from me at the last minute if a full timer decides he or she wants my slot (it's happened).

          I have a Masters Degree. Excellent observation reports (done by faculty). Stellar SOR's (done by students). I've put in for a  full time position time after time but they're either not hiring OR they always magically find "another candidate" (if they bother to post a full time opening at all).

          Case in point: the English department (my discipline) at one of my colleges (I teach at several) has 70 professors. Only 10 of them are full timers. The rest are all adjuncts. I wonder how parents would feel if they knew they were paying all this money to have their kids taught by part-timers? Don't get me wrong, we adjuncts work just as hard (even harder IMO) than full timers, and we are just as qualified, but to a parent who doesn't know any better, it may not appear that way.

          However, there's always PLENTY of money for multiple deans and VP's and administrators. Hell, those jobs are ALWAYS posted.

          A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

          by METAL TREK on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:51:24 AM PST

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