The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2015–16: Higher Education at a Crossroads, released today, explores the economic value of tenure and looks at how the increasing reliance on faculty in part-time positions has destabilized the faculty by creating an exploitative, two-tiered system that erodes student retention and graduation rates.
The report notes that although inflation-adjusted full-time continuing faculty salaries increased by 2.7 percent between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, this improvement occurred against the backdrop of a four decade decline in full-time tenured positions (down 26 percent) and full-time tenure-track positions (down 50 percent).
[Our emphasis] This year, for the first time, the data collection includes part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants, who together represent the majority of the academic workforce.
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- Higher Education at a Crossroads: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2015-16
- Appendices to the Report (contain salary listings for individual institutions)