No quick fix for universities

Good article below on the current situation that many of us are facing in our universities, namely the decreasing number of full-time (and tenure stream or tenured) faculty and an increase in student-teacher ratios. It has certainly been my experience that faculty are teaching more, rather than less, yet are still expected to perform to high standards in both research and service.  The increased reliance on part-time instructors is problematic; this is not to say that such instructors are not effective or excellent instructors, but they are not always available to teach on a regular basis, and thus it is difficult to ensure a consistency in how and when courses are taught. Furthermore, part-time instructors are often not involved in the scholarly activities that contribute so crucially to the teaching process, and are not always expected to contribute to service, which means an increased burden on full-time faculty to fill all needed committee positions.

No quick fix for universities – thestar.com.

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