Obamacare versus the Faculty
I don't know how widespread this phenomenon is, but I thought I would share an email I received this morning:
I have been teaching
multiple sections of economics for four years now at several Colleges and
Universities in the State of Indiana. I have also been a frequent user of your
texts in the classes that I teach.
With the implementation of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) these
institutions are giving notification to their part-time faulty that their
individual teaching schedules will now be limited to three sections. At
the college this will likely result in the cancellation of 20-25% of the
class sections in economics, and I would assume other areas will have a similar
result. The students are not fully aware of the situation and many will
be surprised that their desire to get a college education is now being impacted
by the need to avoid the full implementation of the ACA.
Regardless if you are a Republican or a Democrat I would hope full-time faculty
would voice their concern regarding the impact the implementation of the ACA
could have on the attainment of higher education for the current student
population and upon the lives of the dedicated part-time faculty that have been
devoted to serving this student population.
My hope is that if faculty across the nation brought this to the public attention
that we as a nation could have a more open and complete dialogue regarding the
course we wish to set as a nation.
: Another example