Part-time instructors are critical to the success of colleges and universities, but their compensation continues to be controversial, journalist Fawn Johnson writes. Johnson outlines how some schools are handling the question, and notes the critical role that adjuncts are playing in educating today's students, particularly those who are underprivileged or are less likely to complete a degree. "Are there ways to improve an adjunct professor's working conditions outside of putting him or her on an expensive tenure track?" Johnson asks.

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