For some reason, I'm in a very education policy sort of mood this morning. I got caught up reading the latest report on adjunct pay and benefits at the Chronicle. Some nuggets from the articles:
The overall average pay for adjuncts is $2,987 per three-credit course. Adjuncts at 16 colleges earn less than $1,000.
They have a handy calculator where you can find the pay scales at local schools. I learned that the local community college pays $2,000 per class. Tenured faculty make 6 figures.
The IRS is going to force colleges to start providing health insurance to adjunct faculty.
Inside Higher Ed has a huge article on adjuncts today. Still reading it.
And over at Education Week, Rick Hess has a great chart ranking the public presence of education policy scholars. Who is the biggest public intellectual in that group? Diane Ravitch. It's a little insidery. I know most of those people, but they aren't household names. Still, I like that Hess's methodology and the implicit message which is that scholars SHOULD be reaching out to the public. It would be interesting to scale up his ranking system to look at all scholars.