This is the first of a series of intense discussion about how best to review the reviewers, demanding institutional change by way of refocusing institutional priorities as part of a larger 365 review of higher education any and all supporters of the Adjunct Nation need to consider as we move forward in 2013.
All New England colleges and universities must pay their weekly maffia dues to protect them from the non-accredited programs and institutions. Accreditation also protects the institution from having to change its policies regarding rising contingent faculty numbers. That is, rather than hold institutions accountable for their failures to meet the “standards” listed below, NEASC, for example, continues to give accreditation to NH community colleges. They pay their dues; they receive protection.
It’s really that simple.
Other than blatant cronyism and protected self-interest, what possible reasons could justify missing the mark on every single criteria when contingent labor is used primarily to support an institution, its mission, etc.? Why does NEASC all labor abuse, institutional failure, job-related misery, and program failure to continue? How does NEASC in any way serve the students and communities that support the students (e.g., banking, state/federal public financing called “loans,” industry-academic partnerships, direct grants) by continuing to grant accreditation to the biggest abusers of adjunct labor in the State of New Hampshire, the Community College System of New Hampshire?
Don’t get too comfortable, Vermont.
Don’t even think about cozing up to the public relations office just yet, Community College of Vermont.
It’s not time to take a nap Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
For now, take a look at the link above and below to NEASC, review the standards, and ask yourself: Does my institution’s policies and proceedures regarding adjunct labor exceed, meet, or fall below accreditation requirements?
Again, some may view this series as aggressive or radical. Others may start to remove links to this blog. It will be my happiest day when I am able to focus solely on my own writing, editing, teaching, and other projects. But, I will remain focused on radical institutional change as long as colleges and universities continue to hide behind accreditation while weakening ,if not altogether destroying, vital programs needed for economic (and, dare I say, intellectual) recovery.