👓 WTF Is Going on at Wright State? | Inside Higher Ed

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It's ugly, but it was foreseeable, maybe even inevitable.

The glut of Ph.D. graduates is slowly killing academia. We need a better pathway for highly educated people to do something besides teach with these degrees because there just aren’t enough spots to employ them all.

I’m curious what other economic pressures are causing this issue and ones like it? Solidarity and unions are a stopgap at best, eventually the entire system is going to come down unless some drastic changes are made. Eventually it’ll only be the tier 1 schools that have tenure anymore, and everyone else will just be teachers. But even the tier 1 schools may have problems eventually too…

Apparently tenure numbers in rankings don’t mean enough after some point to force colleges to grant it at a reasonable level.

👓 Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars | the Guardian

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Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures

👓 What Happens to Students When Their Professors Are on Welfare | The Atlantic

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The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they’re hired to instruct?

Universities are squeezing out as much as they can without students realizing the drop in quality and services they’re receiving.

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