Led by continued hemorrhaging of student enrollment in Los Angeles County and parts of the Bay Area, total public school enrollment in California dropped by 110,000 this year, the second year of big losses.
2022 may be the year of health benefits for part-time faculty at California's community colleges, where adjuncts teach about half of the courses and make up about two-thirds of the faculty. Gov. Newsom is proposing more funding that could give some of these instructors coverage for the first time.
Gig by gig, adjunct faculty teach about half of the classes at California Community Colleges' 115 campuses. As the pandemic drives more students away, these critical part-timers fear losing their jobs.
This EdSource special investigation examines the predicament of part-time adjunct professors in California's Community Colleges. Numbering nearly 37,000, these professors often work without benefits and are forced to shuttle from campus to campus to make ends meet.