Marc Bousquet, author of How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation, points to a living wage calculator and suggests:
Use it to find out who’s eligible for food stamps on your campus — graduate employees, contingent faculty, gardeners, undergraduate carpenters, outsourced restaurant and cleaning staff are a good place to start.
Then, just for kicks, compare their sub-poverty wages against the salaries of the deans, president, and provost — plus the associate deans, associate provosts, financial staff, and business/law/medical school faculty.
When you’ve tabulated the results for your campus, go ahead and tell me education is rendering class struggle obsolete in the United States.
Among the attendees, almost all of them women, at the recent conference Tracy Gary did for fundraisers and nonprofit program officers, the conversation veered in the same direction. Why is that when something is said to be a "calling" it means you hardly get paid? Teaching or raising money are a great pastime for someone whose spouse works for Goldman Sachs.