CCSF Critic’s Biased, Deeply Flawed Argument

A supporting organization’s blog, AAUP’s Academe blog, features a guest post from another supporting organization’s blog, CPFA (California Part-time Faculty Association). YES, that’s what I call a network! Let’s have more…


The following post by Richard B. Simon, Professor of English at City College of San Francisco, appeared initially on the Forum Blog of the California Part-Time Faculty Association (CPFA) and is reposted with the author’s permission.  CPFA serves approximately 40,000 Non-tenure Track Faculty in California Community Colleges and has been advocating for Part-time faculty in California since 1998.

Simon’s post responds to an op-ed piece that appeared in The New York Times by Kevin Carey, who directs the education policy program at the New America Foundation. Carey claimed that 70% of CCSF students do not graduate “on time” and that only 14% transfer to four-year institutions.  What he did not mention is that under California law community colleges are obligated not only to offer associate degrees but to serve non-degree-seeking students, including English-language learners, adults seeking to augment job skills or simply gain enrichment, and high school students seeking advanced…

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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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