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  •  I was an adjunct professer at a community college (1+ / 0-)
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    in southern CA. Fortunately for me I had a spouse with a good income and only taught one or two classes per a semester. The other adjuncts worked at 3 different colleges to make enough to live on. Even though they were dedicated to their students there was only so much they could do with their time split up that way.

    Even as a grad student in the life sciences I could see that being a good teacher was not rewarded financially. The tenured research professors did the least amount of teaching while the professors on "soft" money (their salaries came from research grants and/or teaching a course) did more.  Quote from a tenured professor in my department - "Why should I have to teach? It's a waste of my time."

    Also it's not the whole administrative staff that earns a lot just those in the upper management positions. The adage of "we must pay more to attract the best" only applies to the top. Odd how conservatives concerned about overpaid public school teachers never say much about overpaid public university admins. Both are paid by taxpayers.

    Also anyone going to college or sending their kids to colleges needs to start looking at colleges more objectively.  Ask about teaching ratios as well as the number of adjunct teaching classes as well as internships or collaborations with industries.  Ignore the football team, rec center, and glossy brochures.  

    My kids are 7 and 5 and we have started an college savings program for them. However, they are not going to go to a 4 yr college until they have a plan for what they want to do AND they go to a school that rewards teaching. I don't care how small it is or unknown it is.

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