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Implementation of the Complete College Act of Tennessee in 2010 and the Tennessee Promise Act of 2014 resulted in a drop in admissions to many 4 year universities as predicted, but a crisis is already apparent in 2016-17 as overall enrollment numbers have dropped at most 4 year universities and even in 2 year community colleges. Fall 2016, as I write, budget cuts are being imposed within our public community colleges and universities already not well-funded by the state. With funding based now, after the Complete College of Tennessee Act, on enrollment and retention rates, public universities and community colleges are vulnerable to unpredictability in funding provided by the state.
concerns include the proliferation of well paid administrators while
faculty salaries remain stagnant; the reduction in tenure track hires in
favor of adjunct, or contingent, faculty positions; and the institution of
the Lecturer position, which undercuts tenure though in many ways improves
on the unsatisfactory status of adjunct or contingent faculty members.
Disparities between the salaries of males and females in academia
continue, and underrepresentation of women and minorities on faculty at
most Tennessee public institutions also continues.
Josephine A. McQuail
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