Adjunct Faculty Loan Forgiveness Act
New federal legislation has been introduced in the Senate (Senate bill 2712) to advance the process of adjunct faculty having access to an existing student loan debt forgiveness program. Read the draft text of the bill, which is called the "Adjunct Faculty Loan Forgiveness Act," by clicking here.
Andy Thomason, writing on a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education, reported that Senator Richard A. Durbin (D-Illinois) introduced the bill on July 31, 2014. The bill amends the HIgher Education Act of 1965 in order to make adjunct professors eligible for a federal student loan forgiveness that is available under the existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Senator Durbin's written statement contained these words on the need for this legislation: "As their budgets have tightened, colleges and universities have become increasingly reliant upon part-time adjunct faculty who face low pay, few if any benefits, and minimal job security. The vast majority of these educators hold advanced degrees and, as a result, bear the heavy burden of student-loan debt. It is only right that we expand their access to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, a benefit already available to many of their full-time colleagues."
For more information, visit Adjunct Action Network website: www.adjunctaction.org
A Petition Calling for Investigation of Adjunct Faculty Working Conditions
A group of writers and activists launched a petition on July 11, 2014, calling on David Weil, the new head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, to investigate the wages and employment conditions of adjunct faculty in American higher education. The organizers report that the petition has already gathered over 6,000 signatures from adjuncts, tenure-track faculty, students, parents, concerned citizens, union organizers and at least two academic administrators. The petition will be open for more signatures until September 30th, when they will deliver the signed petition in person to Director David Weil.
For more information, read the August 4, 2014 press release relating to the petition.