Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler

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  1. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    No, we need to cut scholarships and give tax breaks to the wealthiest, according to Paul Ryan. What a jerk.

  2. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I suggest you clear out some space in your “unfinished” basement. Just large enough for a bed, tv,game consoles, frig, microwave, etc. I think “Junior” will need it!

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    Wait a minute. Most college professors don’t get paid all that well — certainly less than comparable levels in business. Also, increasingly colleges and universities are depending on “adjunct faculty,” which are sort of the migrant workers of academia — no benefits, low wages, long hours.
    And DeVry University is one of those for-profit schools that rip off the taxpayer several ways:
    1. They target students to have them take out major loans — especially veterans, I found out recently, because of a loophole in the loan laws that increases their margin
    2. Their quality isn’t very good
    3. Around 60% of their students never graduate —but they’re still on the hook for those loans without a degree to help earn more to pay for it.

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    At the university where I work, the budget on the administrative side has gone way up, much more quickly than the budget on the academic side — and the President is making well over half a million bucks. A large percentage of our teachers are “contract faculty” — who live on yearly contracts, with no security from year to year, and who get paid a lot less per course than tenure-stream faculty, so they have to teach a lot and therefore have no time to keep up with current research or to do any research of their own. The administration is now pushing a so-called “teaching stream” — faculty who would have tenure, but who would be expected to teach more courses than the regular tenure-stream. The educational system is changing drastically, and not for the better.

  5. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago


    The state school my wife works for recently had a lot of bad press. They had not added any tenure or full time positions, but increased adjuct faculty for the past three years. This is also the fourth year they have had a wage freeze, saying the school was losing too much money. When the state forced them to publish the budget, they found that the president had created 12 positions within her office with titles like “Head of Public Outreach” or “Secretary of Donation Assessment”, each of which were six-figure positions, and all of which received raises ranging from $25k to $85k that past year alone. The president’s salary also rose from $350k to $450k. In other words, the raises of 13 people were higher than the salaries of entire departments (my wife made $18k last year, her 8th year at the school and 18th in her career).
    The excuse was they were allowed to do so because they needed the salaries of these positions to match the average of other comparable schools. We are in Maine. The schools the president used as “comparable”? – UNLV, USC, Princeton, Georgetown, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins. Each of them with an enrollment at least 15-50 times higher.
    To date, the president has stepped down, but nothing else has changed.

  6. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    If you think that education is expensive, you should see the high cost of ignorance.

  7. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    ‘If you would bother to look at the numbers now there are about 2.5 workers carrying every retiree. It used to be way more. It’s been steadily going down ever since SS started.’
    That’s because people are living longer. And many of them are living longer precisely because they have health care delivered by Medicare and because they have some money provided by Social Security.
    Of course, Fox “news” adherents think that should not be happening. “Those people” should not have the temerity to live longer.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    Yes, I hear this sort of story all the time. I’m not sure what to do about the inflated salaries of the administrative side — and the multiplication of unnecessary administrative positions. And the shift to sessional instructors. (Not to mention the poor preparation of students coming into college and university.) Education seems to be in something of a mess. What does your wife teach? Are you a teacher?

  9. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks for the reply, Ionecat.
    My wife teaches literature, composition, women/gender studies, and has become the school’s default general education specialist. A lot of work for an adjunct, which is why they won’t promote her – she does the work of two full timers for the price of a single adjunct, saving them about $160k a year. She is “All But Dissertation” towards her doctorate, which she studied for at University College Cork when I had to work in Ireland, but the school has since said they no longer have the funds to promote her even if she did finish her PhD. Along with the bloated salaries, she has also watched the school go from having admission standards to “frontloading”; admitting any applicant with the sole intention of getting a single year’s tuition out of them, not intending for them to proceed any further. Her freshman intro classes are packed upwards of 30 students while 300 level classes are run any time they can get 5 or more in them. College is now “13th grade”, as opposed to an institution of “higher” learning, aggravated by the fact that a large percentage have what would have been considered an 8th grade reading comprehension and writing level when we went to school in the eighties.
    My degree is music education, but I only taught for a year. My wife had the opportunity for grad school when we got married, and I could not afford to support us on $11k a year. Sad that a retail job paid more than twice what a teaching job does. I am a telecomm engineer, and my complaints about how that industry has gone downhill is another complete rant.

  10. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but this is how I know you enjoy trolling: Everything in your post above is sensible, yet 90%+ of your posts are simply meant to get a reaction from everyone else. When you give us a post like that, it can generate a decent discussion without a shouting match. But, to each his own.
    What you may want to consider, in regards to this post, is if everybody followed these guidelines, which I myself would recommend for those going to or putting kids through college, it may cause tuitions to rise even faster. Why? because our banks don’t make money off of sensible savings or investing, they make money off of debt. The reason for the obscenely high bonuses and salaries is because they learned this and calculate it into their prospective earnings. If they stop lending to at risk borrowers, they lose money.
    Tuition loans has become the cream of the crop, because they know nobody if prepared to pay them back. If people followed the sensible rules you laid out, they would then have to raise tuitions even higher to make sure everybody still needed a loan. Unfortunately, one thing the current economy has taught us is that once a bank or business finds a way to make extra money, they are unwilling to let that source go, no matter how harmful it is to the general population (see also – food industry additives, pharmaceutical advertisement practices, sub-par lending practices, shady hedge fund practices, etc.)

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    I’m lucky enough to have tenure, but I have a lot of friends who work on contracts, and I see their insecurity and anxiety. I teach classics, mostly on the Greek side, mostly literature. I also teach general education — we all have to, from time to time — and I’m very aware of the challenges of teaching first-year students. We’re not open admissions, but we get a lot of students who are not prepared for the level of work we expect, and we spend a lot of time and effort trying to get them up to level. It’s a hard job. Say hi to your wife for me, and give her my good wishes. I hope you still have time to play music.

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