Adjuncts falling behind in salary and opportunities, an infographic.
Budget squeezes on colleges and universities are being made up on adjunct lecturers to the point where they need food stamps to make ends meet.
Meanwhile, tuition fees keep going up.
Colleges and universities are making up cutbacks by increasing tuition, which has grown 5.5 times as much since 1985. So the adjunct above has paid far more for tuition than the tenured profs and still needs to pay back student loans while earning a lower salary.
So how is morale?
The Alberta Conservative government surprised colleges and universities by reneging on a campaign promise to increase education funding by 2% and going the other direction with a 7% cut to post-secondary education. The University of Alberta’ Faculty of Science responded by cutting available spots for new students by 300 while the Faculty of Arts is closing 20 arts programs. Earlier today, the UofA’s president announced another 7% cut to academic programs. How’s morale? Poor. (See also, adjuncts falling behind in salary and benefits, above.)