APRIL 2001



PSC Home Page

The CUNY Budget: Moment of Truth

TeachCUNY reaches 18 campuses, 100s of classrooms

Negotiations Update

Letters to the Editor

New PSC Committee on Diversity Begins Work

Health and Safety Update: It's in the Air

New Faculty Speak Out at Brooklyn College

DA Approves Dues Change for Part-Timers

Lights Out for Edison 

Spotlight on Adjunct Concerns at Legislative Hearing

Washington State & California Take the Lead on Adjunct Equity

What the Statistics Say

What the Adjuncts Say

ACTing Out: Giuliani & Media vs CUNY (with bibiliography on testing)

"Teach CUNY" and the Classroom

How Not to Teach at CUNY

The Past Year and the Union's Future

Against Common Sense




"The PSC represents l7,000 faculty and staff at CUNY—among whom are 6,600 teaching adjuncts, 600 graduate teaching fellows, 850 continuing education teachers, and 560 non-teaching adjuncts. This brings the part-time workforce we represent to 8,610, or more than half of the total instructional staff at CUNY. In l990, full-time faculty taught 54% of the courses in CUNY’s community colleges, and taught almost two-thirds of the classes in senior institutions. By the end of the decade, these percentages had fallen to 44% and 51% respectively."
Steve London, PSC First Vice President

"Adjunct appointments went from 22% in 1970 to 32 percent in 1982, to 42% in 1993, to a current level of about 46% of all faculty nationwide. The issue of contingent work has finally gained so much attention because the numbers of contingent faculty are approaching a majority, a situation already existing in the community colleges where almost one half of all students are now enrolled in higher education.
"Rich Moser, AAUP

"NYU’s own statistics state that there are 4,106 part-time faculty, nearly 21¼2 times more than full-time….Adjuncts are paid less than $3,000 for a 14-week course and most are limited to no more than two courses per semester. NYU’s operating budget is approximately $1.6 billion and their endowment was valued at over $1.1 billion as of August, 2000. NYU is a direct recipient of millions of dollars of State funds ranging from Bundy Aid to direct grants for many of its programs."
Julie Kushner, Sub-Regional Director, UAW Region 9A

"On average I have 150 students per academic year. I can fairly say that I help generate $225,000 per academic year for the institution of which I, the professor, receive less than l0% without any medical, disability, and retirement benefits. The instructional budget for the University yields 75% of monies allotted to those doing 30% of the teaching load, and inversely, 25% of the budget given to those doing three-quarters of the teaching."
Michael Pelias, Philosophy, LIU

"Currently both CUNY and SUNY systems operate well below the ideal ratio of full-timers to part-timers—CUNY is at 51% to 49%, while SUNY is at 62.3% to 37%.…NYPIRG sees the solution to this problem in two parts: increased funding for full-time faculty lines, and increased benefits for and [better] treatment of adjunct faculty."
Charlene Piper, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)/Brooklyn College

"Between l988 and l998, the operating budgets of New York’s public universities dropped 30% while spending on New York’s prisons increased 76%. New York spends just three percent of its tax revenue on higher education, by far the lowest percentage of any state…and more of that on technology initiatives designed to enhance the corporate bottom line. The primacy of the market rewards the excellence of twenty-five-year-old shortstops with tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars, but punishes excellent college instructors with subsistence well below the poverty line."
Ali Shehzad Zaidi, Modern Languages, Bronx CC