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The ideals of learning versus authoritarian corporatism in higher ed

Coming out of a California JC in the 80s, paying only $640 a semester at UC Berkeley, and having valued what I learned at both places before going to IU-Bloomington, I don’t recognize all the complaining about terrible professors. Not all professors in my experience were incredible, but I never had a truly terrible professor. As far as I could tell, they all cared a lot about their work and wanted their students to appreciate their fields. Now, if we are talking about students not always being committed to the ideals of learning, and what effects that can have on the morale and justification for what happens on a campus, e.g., the oft-repeated circumstance of faculty being pressured to lower standards, make classes easier and less demanding, etc., then we are more on the right track. Resentment against professors and academics isn’t going to fix things. Figuring out ways to help students see the value of education, to do other things with their lives until they are ready to study seriously–that’s more constructive.

The Neoliberal corporatization of colleges & universities is a national, global tragedy. The money flowing disproportionately to management and away from the actual missions of instruction, learning, and sustained critical inquiry via a huge and growing reliance on adjunct faculty, paid poverty wages, and denied many of the dignities, like phones and offices, of the worthy work they do, is unethical & immoral. We’re already beginning to pay the price of less democracy and more authoritarianism in our lives.



Will TRS and the ACA force LSCS to lose a fifth to a third of its sections taught by adjuncts?

Though I wish I had, I hadn’t thought to read a Federal Labor Standards Act letter of clarification in relation to adjuncts and tutors, their exempt or non-exempt status in those job descriptions for purposes of figuring out their hours. I’m still trying to absorb all this. Thanks to John Burghdoff, Math Chair at LSC-Cy-Fair for this link.

At Overtime Advisor: “Employees are Exempt or Non-Exempt – Not Both

Alamo Community College’s New Regulations for Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Legislation