As we continue along under the current administration we will see shrinking operational budgets and increasing financial aid needs. The article poignantly speaks about these issues such as with traditional “brick and mortar” institutions being challenged by “for-profit” companies who offer nontraditional scheduling and modality of instruction. The current university state must adapt or risk being pushed out of the market. One thing that is constant across the higher education system is the use of adjunct faculty to reduce tenured expenditures. This is seen largely in community colleges and professional degree programs.
There was research in 2006 that showed community colleges with heavy reliance on part-time faculty had the lowest graduation rates. This brought up the concern of: how are the adjunct professors evaluated; are they able to obtain professional development; and, are they able to join a faculty union? Obviously another major concern is how this mode of education is affecting the students. Community colleges and universities that employ adjunct professors may be getting a better deal with their deduction in labor expenditures, but, the overall health of the institution may be suffering.