Oh, this is starting to look pretty bubbilicious. A number of liberal artsy PhD types were telling me that they were just going to go into Income-Based Repayment (IBR) because, well, that would make it possible for them to take those low-paying jobs as adjuncts. Alas, all of the dreams of the college industrial complex are colliding in a terrible mess.
First, the dream of bolstering health care is forcing everyone to buy health care for employees that work 30 hours a week or more. The college industrial complex has always been good buddies with the medical industrial complex and so everyone I know around the schools thinks that more medical care is great. You might call it the doctor industrial complex.
Okay, but the rain falls on the just and the unjust. In this case, the schools also have to pay the huge bill for the medical care and so some schools are being clever. They’re redefining the adjunct job to be less than 30 hours a week. Whoo hoo.
Alas, this has consequences. Audrey Williams June at the Chronicle of Higher Edumacation informs us that — surprise– you can’t qualify for a fast payback under IBR if you work less than 30 hours a week for a non-profit. Ruh roh.
If the college industrial complex lets the adjuncts work more than 30 hours a week, they’ll have to pay health benefits. If they don’t, the adjuncts will be stuck with student loans forever.
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