Time for public higher ed to walk the walk on equal pay

July 1, 2019 | CentralMaine.com

Before sending your teenager(s) to one of Maine’s community colleges or universities, it’s important to consider the following:

In her 2015 Atlantic Monthly article, “There is no excuse for how universities treat adjuncts,” Caroline Frederickson notes that ”in 1969, almost 80 percent of college faculty members were tenure or tenure track. Today, the numbers have essentially flipped, with two-thirds of faculty now non-tenure and half of those working only part-time.” What’s more, these adjunct professors only earn 40 percent to 60 percent of what full-professors earn to teach the same courses; in most states like Maine, too, they cannot work full time, so they don’t get benefits.

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