Notable Numbers on Adjunct Instructors in the Colorado Community College System

Staffing levels at Colorado community colleges.

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch / Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Staffing levels at Colorado community colleges.

  • This school year the Colorado Community College System employed 4,060 people as adjunct instructors, or 78 percent of instructors at the 13 colleges in the system, according to numbers provided by the system.
  • The system estimated it would spend $20,828 on average this year in salaries for adjuncts and $53,693 on average for full-time instructors, who also receive benefits, even when they both teach a standard credit load of 30 hours per week, according to the system’s Budget Data Book.
  • Over 90 percent of adjuncts surveyed by the Colorado Community College System last year said pay was their No. 1 concern, but nearly 70 percent said they were satisfied with their jobs. The survey results showed one-third of adjuncts want a full-time position. At current staffing levels that would represent 1,270 employees.
  • In different survey by the American Association of University Professors, 77 percent of Colorado adjuncts responded that pay and benefits were inadequate for their needs.
  • Read more about adjunct college instructor’s pay here.

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