Teacher deficits are being felt across the board, but in the rural areas, the problem is confounded by the very fact that they are rural. In times past, for example, it would not be surprising to receive 150 applicants at a rural college for one open English position, today the number is more like 30 and few of them are qualified for the position.
You would think with the rising cost of tuition, (approximately twice the rate of inflation) college staff would be well paid and content. Unfortunately, the only entity benefiting from higher tuition is the college proper. Here are just a few reasons why adjunct professors and those they teach are suffering despite higher costs.
Community Colleges are responsible for teaching up to 70% of the college population, and even before the economic recession, they were struggling to make ends meet. Lower state funds has equaled drastic measures to cut cost while simultaneously raising tuition rates.