To The Daily Sun,
"Quality costs, but quality wastes,
So I'm giving up all of my expensive tastes."
— Low Budget by The Kinks
The New Hampshire Community College System pursues a policy of laying off full-time faculty and replacing them with low paid adjuncts and six figure administrators.
Laid off from my reasonably paid job as a professor at Lakes Region Community College in August, I recently applied for an adjunct teaching position in the same system. To do a good job of a class new to me takes me about three hours of preparation, for each hour I spend in the classroom. With repetition that can drop to two hours per hour in class.
I was all excited by the prospects of teaching again until I did the math, just over $8 an hour. My daughter makes more than that cleaning up poop for the local veterinarian. It is clear how much the system values its biggest asset, teachers.
Two hours prep per hour teaching and not counting commute time or gas, raised that to a whopping $12.50 an hour. That's top of the scale folks. Luckily I could afford to say no. I'm sure they'll get someone to teach the class, but what quality/experience education will that pay attract?
The Community College System bills itself as a less-expensive equivalent to the first two years of college. Buyer beware! If you're a student, interested in quality education, look elsewhere. What kind of commitment and quality do you expect for eight bucks an hour?
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