In an MSNBC.COM story Dr. Bill Law, president of St. Petersburg College explains why ObamaCare will force him to decrease the work hours of the majority of his professors so as to avoid the need to help them pay for health care and forcing many of them to quit.
Like many public colleges, the faculty at SPC are mostly part-time workers with no benefits!
The president of St. Petersburg College makes over $400,000 a year plus
free healthcare plus a free car and he says they can't afford the
$777,000 it would cost to give their 250 part-time professors health
How can any professor do a good job of teaching without health
insurance and other benefits while working part-time? They are forced to spend more time and energy looking for better jobs than preparing
to teach their students!
This terrible trend in American higher education comes at a time when tuition prices nationwide are skyrocketing and
federal funding for public colleges is increasing. Many states have also steadily
increased funding to their public colleges, often allowed by dedicated
funds from the booming state lottery industry. Also, many public colleges are slanting their admissions towards foreign students for the higher out of state tuition they pay .
The administrative bureaucracy in American academia today are working against the best interests of public education. From astronomical six and seven figure salaries for college presidents and assistants to the millionaires club of college football coaches (the 24 highest paid college football coaches all make between 2.5 and 5.5 MILLION dollars per year!) priorities at US colleges have flipped in the last 40 years from 'students and quality education' to shiny new buildings, football programs and astronomical salaries for the fat cats at the top.
This is a dirty rotten shame that begs for more and better federal oversight of our public universities.