There's something far more wrong than just forgiving student debt to these
adjuncts. Even without having to pay such debt, how can they possibly afford to
work in such conditions, according to this article?
On the one hand, there are more people in higher education than ever before and
it costs more than ever. More customers paying more money, why are budgets being
squeezed? On the other hand, there is more labor in the pool because there are
more useless advanced degrees than ever before. What else can you do with your
German Polka doctorate but be a professor of German Polka Studies? More labor
there is, the less labor costs. Too bad they didn't study economics.
This is a nice step in the right direction, but realistically, who can afford to
pay back ANY student loans (for 10 years or otherwise) on 16,200 a year?Parents of college students and college students themselves should know
that a schedule like this is not unusual for an adjunct: Three early morning
classes for SLCC (no parking benefits, no office supplies, no office); eat lunch
in a parking lot; two afternoon classes for another school, like Weber; eat
dinner in another parking lot; 2 more night classes at yet another school, like
BYU). (No benefits; no parking benefits; no office supplies; no office--all the
tools of the trade? i.e. DVDs, notebooks, laptops-- are carried in the trunk)
Work 8 hours on Saturday at a bookstore. I know this. I did it.