For Students. . .
College is famously where you really learn to take responsibility for your own education and where you embrace the narrative that education leads to a better life in both tangible and intangible ways.
Yet when the majority of the faculty you will encounter in your college career make less per hour than your high school friends working summer jobs at the grocery store, then you are right to ask hard questions of the institutions in whom you’ve put your trust and to whom you’ve paid ever-increasing tuition.
Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions, and in 2012, the students at American University said it best. By supporting their professors and rejecting an exploitative “new normal” in higher education, they proved that students teach as well as learn.
- AU Student Worker Alliance (YouTube Video)
- Student Work Alliance Supports Adjuncts! (YouTube Video)
- “Just Ask” Campaign
- “Tips and Tricks for New College Students” Cartoon
For Parents . . .
From the time your child joins your family, you begin worrying about how you’re going to afford a college education for him or her, but NFM knows that you care as much about quality and value as cost. Parents who care about the lessons that are taught through campus policies as much as in classrooms appreciate that NFM stands for students’ right to be taught by professors who do not have to worry that adherence to standards of academic excellence will cost them their jobs.
Just as you might object to buying college apparel that is produced by exploited workers, so do you object to paying college tuition that does not go to ensuring professional working and learning conditions.
As parent and faculty member Lee Bessette has written: “perhaps my kids’ biggest influence on me has been my move towards more vocally advocating (or trying to advocate) on behalf of those who are off the tenure-track. In 15 years if and when my daughter is getting ready to go to college, I want to have helped shape it for the better.”
- Adjunct’s Moment of Truth
- “Just Ask” Campaign
- Many Adjunct Parents Rely on Food Stamps
- Parents: The adjunct system is wasting your kids’ tuition, Boston Globe, May 9, 2014.
- What Parents Need to Know About College Faculty. PBS NewsHour, Aug. 14, 2014.
- Editorial: Adjuncts unite for better education. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sept. 1, 2014.