UW keeps number of part-time faculty down

By: AP
By: AP

Laramie, WY (AP) - The University of Wyoming doesn't rely as much as other colleges on part-time instructional faculty.

The National Center for Education Studies says that since 1971, the number of full-time faculty at universities in the U.S. has decreased 20 percent, and the number of part-time faculty has increased the same amount.

But while many universities across the country have dumped tenured faculty in favor of less expensive, more disposable adjunct professors, UW has kept its part-time instructional faculty to less than 10 percent. That is about half the national average.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that the primary reason many universities switch to adjunct or part-time faculty is to save money. Most part-time faculty are paid per class they teach and receive no benefits.

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