CASA weekly news 19/14

news from #auscasuals includes US, Canada, etc—familiar problems everywhere…increasing casualization, low pay, debt, hostile political environments, “reforms” that move education closer to market values and further away from public good


Hello to our new subscribers and welcome to this week’s warming compote of news on higher education casualisation in Australia and elsewhere.

The political context in Australia has proved itself this week to be quite volatile, so it’s probably not worth guessing how higher education reform will turn out. But the most vulnerable part of the reform package looks to be the change to interest rates on education debt. This will directly affect casual academics who are often stuck below the debt repayment threshold as they wait in hope of a full-time university position. As CASA write Yiyo put it in his latest post, a reflection on the highs and lows of semester one:

I taught around 150 students face to face this semester. Even though I taught more students than full time staff normally do, I will still not make enough income to pay tax this financial year or even pay…

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About @NatM4Equity

The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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