Hiding Adjuncts From ‘U.S. News’

by E Wayne Ross on September 7, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: Hiding Adjuncts From ‘U.S. News’

Everyone knows that adjuncts and graduate assistants do a lot of the teaching these days, right? Well, maybe not everyone.

The American Federation of Teachers on Wednesday posted a blog item asking how it is, given those well documented trends, that magazine rankings give parents the sense that most of the teaching at large universities is done by full-time faculty members. “The majority of top colleges report well over 80 percent of their faculty are full-time and a large number report that well over 90 percent of their faculty are full-time. University of Nebraska-Lincoln even reports that 100 percent of its faculty are full-time,” the blog says of institutions in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, a small part of which are based on the percentage of faculty who are full time. “Amazing!”