What It Means to Be a Budgetary Afterthought

ACADEME BLOG

Writing for Westword, Alan Prendergast reports that “Colorado Community College Profs Seethe over Low Pay, Lame Raise.”

Here are the opening paragraphs of the article:

“In a part-timer economy, fast-food workers and janitors aren’t the only ones feeling the pinch. Skimpy wages, long hours and a lack of benefits can also be found in the white-collar sweat shops operated by the Colorado Community College System. Last night, a group of CCCS instructors gathered at the Denver Press Club to compare notes about survival skills, swap stories about their worst assignments and ponder a satiric display of items that could be purchased with their latest five-buck-a-week pay raise, including used books, cans of beans, a large latte and other luxuries.

“Part-timers, officially known as adjunct faculty, are the dirty secret of the state’s community college system. They teach the bulk of the courses but are paid an average of $1,900 per…

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