Pros: little-to-no oversight and instructional assessment, students are as apathetic as administration
Cons: very poor morale, full-time faculty and administrators are condescending and unappreciative, pay is very poor
I am absolutely shocked and disgusted by the steady thread of high employee ratings of MVCC - especially from MVCC adjunct faculty. It is obvious that many of these tremendous reviews are from internet image protection firms. This is likely done as a hedge against what MVCC administration knows to be a seriously disordered work environment. MVCC has over 350 adjuncts, and they teach the majority of the "high quality" courses offered at the "college."
MVCC notoriously pays its Adjuncts among the lowest salaries of all community colleges in New York State. Often human resources is late in paying adjunct salaries. Their benefits are negligible, and require little extra expenditures from the college.
There are only a couple of small communal offices for the adjuncts to hold office hours. Because these offices are occupied by many teachers simultaneously, it is difficult for students to focus and for the faculty to teach.
The full-time faculty are notoriously unhelpful and distant towards their adjunct "colleagues." Some of this hostility is rooted in the generally inadequate qualifications and teaching skills of many adjuncts. However, the bulk of this hostility comes from the potential overload sections that adjunct faculty have siphoned away from them. The full-time faculty are paid far higher amounts for teaching the same courses as adjuncts.
Maximizing the hiring of adjuncts is a clear cost-cutting strategy that belies the opportunities and prestige of the full-time faculty. Unfortunately, this practice has eroded the actual and perceived quality of the institution as a whole. However, the money saved from hiring more adjunct faculty is diverted to institutional priorities such as an ever-expanding campus infrastructure and a small army of "coordinators" and assistant administrators.