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College accreditors could play a key role in improving the working conditions of adjuncts who now teach a majority of college and university classes.
"Accreditation can be a really good leveler," said Dr. Adrianna Kezar, said an associate professor at the University of Southern California who studied what role adjuncts play in accreditation. "It is just not commonly used right now."
Kezar said most accreditors act as though tenure-track and tenured faculty provide most of the instruction at schools, but that is no longer the case. Teachers off the tenure-track make up more than 50% of the faulty at public 4-year schools and more than 80% at 2-year …