Another college cuts professors’ hours to comply with Obamacare

Campus Reform Reporter

Total Shares
This is the CRO SBAR

  • Colorado Mountain College (CMC) employs roughly 600 adjunct professors.
  • The college is prohibiting adjunct professors from working over 30 hours per week to minimize Obamacare's financial impact.
  • CMC is the third most affordable college for bachelor's degrees in the United States.
  • Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is prohibiting adjunct professors from working over 30 hours per week to minimize the large financial impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    The ACA, often-called Obamacare, requires that large employers offer insurance to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week — but CMC will just cut hours to avoid having to pay for the insurance.

    “It wouldn’t be financially prudent to just add more full-time faculty without considering all of the expenses.” - CMC public information officer Debbie Crawford   

    CMC public information officer Debbie Crawford told Campus Reform that the college relies heavily on adjunct instructors — it employs approximately 600 of them — because they give the school the flexibility to “change with student needs each semester.”

    “We are open enrollment, so that means students can enter at whatever level they need, so our student body changes greatly from semester to semester,” Crawford said in an interview on Tuesday. “It wouldn’t be financially prudent to just add more full-time faculty without considering all of the expenses.”

    The practice of cutting employee hours to avoid buying them health insurance has angered unions and other advocacy groups.

    “Penalizing part-time faculty members both by depriving them access to affordable health care as intended by law and by reducing their income,” reads a statement from the American Association of University Professors posted last April.

    But Crawford said careful budgeting moves such as this one have made CMC the third most affordable public college for bachelor’s degrees in the United States.

    “Having adjunct instructors available … gives us the ability to change with student needs each semester — they are going to want different classes — while [being] good stewards of tax and tuition dollars,” she said.

    So far, six adjunct professors have had to have their contracts adjusted due to the new policy.

    Follow the author of this article on Twitter @kctimpf





    LATEST TWEETS

    D
    @confusedabout - 35 min ago

    @trelee0 @campusreform Congratulations to the top 5 straw poll winners. Campusreform & Turning Point are making a real difference.

    Libusters
    @bob4gov_now - 54 min ago

    Public university omits race from crime alerts to protect minority students’ feelings http://t.co/lduhQ2Z3Sn via @campusreform #Libusters

    Heisenberg
    @BrBd1977 - 1 hour ago

    @jdcannonsr @campusreform If he had moved on as asked to do instead of beating Zimmerman down, he'd be alive.

    Heisenberg
    @BrBd1977 - 1 hour ago

    @jdcannonsr @campusreform I believe that's the whole reason Trayvon got himself dead.

    John Cannon
    @jdcannonsr - 1 hour ago

    @campusreform Hah...Now [WE] Have the "REAL" Racial Feelings that Other than Caucasian People Really Feel About TRUTH & Right-Standing??

    Scorch
    @fltscorch - 2 hours ago

    @Sergio98um @campusreform USS Forrestal being towed into Brownsville, Tx to be broken up.

    Say No to the TTIP
    @kencampbell66 - 2 hours ago

    Student government rep removed from office over opposition to in-state tuition for illegal aliens http://t.co/yBDDkGF0n0 via @campusreform

    D
    @confusedabout - 3 hours ago

    @trelee0 @campusreform I'm on your side but, if you're not in it to win it the Dems will crush you every time. Campaign smart, not hard.

    D
    @confusedabout - 3 hours ago

    @trelee0 @campusreform I agree they do, which is why it's so important to remember Ronald Reagan's 11th amendment. It worked every time.