Community colleges have gone to great lengths to support and help students throughout the dual challenges of a pandemic and a recession.
Now it's time to build the same kinds of support for the daily work and well-being of faculty members, writes Achieving the Dream's Karen Stout in this commentary. That includes adjunct faculty who comprise two-thirds of community college faculty nationwide.
Earlier this year, the entire California State system—the largest in the country, with half a million students across 23 campuses—added caste to its non-discrimination policy.
Cal State followed first Brandeis University in 2019, then University of California in Davis, Colby College, and the graduate students' union at Harvard University. Advocates predict more colleges will soon adopt similar policies.
A shift to remote-work arrangements is showing signs of boosting the lagging share of women in the labor force as the economy recovers from the pandemic.
While that is a good thing for U.S. economic growth and productivity, economists say that workers who never come back to the office risk isolating themselves from promotions and networking opportunities.