Report suggests adjuncts lack support, quality working conditions

February 4, 2014

A new US report says there is a lack of institutional support for adjunct faculty that is compromising the quality of teaching and learning. The report, released by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, says the problem is not just the growing number of adjunct faculty members. It says the issue is also the poor working conditions many of the adjuncts experience, including a lack of professional development, exclusion from curriculum design, inequitable compensation, job insecurity, and the denial of health-care benefits and retirement plans—all of which can have a negative effect on instruction and students’ learning. The report recommends that accreditors consider the amount of support that institutions provide for their adjunct faculty members, and create new standards for their working conditions, including “guidelines for professional development and mentoring and requirements for institutions to develop policies for their compensation, evaluation, and retention.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription required) | Full Report