Higher Ed Not Debt

The Challenge of Precarious Labor in Higher Ed

The landscape of America's working world continues to shift, with the number of unstable — and, often, part-time — jobs, low pay and exploitative conditions increasing at a rapid rate. At a daylong Washington, D.C., conference earlier this month, union leaders, policy experts and academics examined the contingent labor force and how to ensure fair working conditions for all. Much of the discussion centered on the issues impacting higher education adjunct faculty and graduate student employees; two groups participating in a "day of action" next month here in Connecticut.
 

Reigning-In Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Leading the charge to clean up exploitative policies and practices hurting students in higher education — and costing all taxpayers — is a new report released last week by our national union. Among highlights are the 2014 collapse of Corinthian Colleges as both an example and a call to action for increased oversight of the growing for-profit higher education "industry."
 
Click here for the full report.
 

Student Debt Clinics Save Borrowers Thousands

The crisis of student debt is holding back millions of Americans, and our union is taking it on not only on a policy level, but one borrower at a time. AFT has begun holding student debt workshops to help individuals drop hundreds of dollars from their monthly loan payments and even qualify for loan forgiveness.
 

Six Steps to Debt-Free College

The number of debt-free college proposals can be confusing, but their core message is simple; higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and without the cost of crippling debt. A coalition including AFT, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Demos last week clarified that goal by unveiling the "Debt-Free College Checklist."
 

Sen. Warren Charts Bold Path to College Affordability

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) this week reached beyond recent calls for student loan forgiveness and free community college to urge the nation toward an entirely debt-free education. Warren unveiled her proposal during a forum hosted by AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute noting specific actions to ease the debt she says is drowning young people, and drowning the country's future.
 
Click here to watch Sen. Warren's speech.
 

Student Debt: Inequity Far Past Graduation

The fact that student debt continues to soar is troubling enough; now there is clear evidence that it also deepens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. "The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the 'New Normal' of Student Borrowing" describes the impact of near-universal reliance on student loans: they actually extend inequity. 
 
Click here for the full report.
 
Syndicate content