One of the higher education issues that has been focused on lately is that of adjunct teachers at many colleges across the nation. For those of you who are not familiar with adjunct teachers or professors they are typically people who have their higher education degree that are hired by the college to teach part time and fill in the gaps for full time tenure professors. These people typically have another full time job or are adjunct teachers at more than one college in order to make ends meet. They do not receive any health or retirement benefits, they also only receive about 1/4 of the salary of full time instructors. Adjuncts are often a budget relief solution for the colleges or universities. The more adjuncts they hire at 1/4 the salary and no benefits the more money they can save or pass on to other projects or salaries. This makes it not only difficult on the adjuncts because they have no job security, benefits, or ability to progress in their position but it is also difficult on the full time employees as well knowing that the more adjuncts that are highered the less amount of full time professors are needed.
Education systems have been hit hard by the recession. Over the past year or so we have seen a number of news articles on how smaller colleges and universities have been affected. These schools have lower enrollments, which means lower funding, which means the rise in tuition and the laying off of staff members. It appears many of the larger, more expensive, universities are suffering as well. In the news today, Dartmouth joins the numbers in announcing they will be raising tuition another 4.8%. This will increase the cost of attending Dartmouth to nearly $39,000.00 a year, and with room, board, and fees closer to $50,000.00 a year! In their announcement Dartmouth also explains cuts in budgets which will effect building projects, salary freezes, financial aid, and layoff about 60 employees.
The best time to start talking to your children about their college education is in early childhood. Studies show that if a child knows up front from the beginning what is expected of them they will strive to meet those expectations. Education is important from day one. Starting to talk about college in their junior or senior year of high school is not going to let them know that it is important to you and it is expected of them. By the time they are in high school they should be preparing for college by studying for and taking their SAT’s, researching colleges, applying for scholarships, and even taking college courses while they are still in high school. The questions should not be should I attend college or not? It needs to be which college should I attend? which will work better for me a college or a university? and what am I going to major in?
Just one of the many many questions to answer when making decisions about higher education is whether a college will be able to provide you will all of your needs or if you should consider going to a university. What is the difference between a college vs. a university? And why do people choose one over another? This answer varies for everyone, some may base their decision on what their short or long term education goals are, others may decide based on what they can afford, and yet others may not be sure yet which direction they would like to go with their education. And once you have attended a college or university are you better off to get right into the work force, or should you consider graduate school? We hear all the time about people who are making millions of money without spending years and years pursuing an education. We have recently posted some articles on educationbug.org that have useful information to help you decide what will work best for you and your family.
educationbug.org is also a great place to find out what colleges or universities are available and what they have to offer. You will find links to colleges in every state.