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Employer changes to adjunct faculty workloads and the Affordable Care Act

The table below chronicles the institutions found to have restricted the work assignments of adjunct or part-time faculty in order to avoid Affordable Care Act (ACA)requirements to provide health insurance to employees working more than 30 hours a week. For more on what ACA means for faculty return to the overview page. 

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Institution Action Source
Arizona    
Arizona State University University limited non-tenured associate faculty to 6 credit hours per semester "Temporary-faculty hours cut as ASU readies for healthcare law" - AZ Central News 8/13/13
Maricopa Community Colleges College will limit adjunct faculty to 9 credit hours per semester. "Maricopa Community Colleges staffs pinched by Obama health law" AZ Central News 5/8/13
Arkansas    
Arkansas State University System System will limit adjunct faculty to 9 credit hours per semester "Maximum Working Hours for Employees who are not in a Position that is Benefits Eligible" Adjunct Faculty FAQ 7/1/13
California    
Napa Valley College College will limit adjunct faculty to 12.5 teaching hours per week and 12.5 unpaid prep hours per week.

Laura Ecklin,
Dean of Human Resources

University of San Francisco Limiting adjuncts to 8 credits and 29.75 hours of work per week

Human resources document

Colorado    
Colorado Mountain College College will limit adjunct faculty to 9 credit hours

"College limits part-time staff’s hours to avoid Obamacare costs" - Aspen Daily News, 3/17/14

Florida    
Daytona State College College limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week  “Daytona State employees face health care cost hike”- The Dayton Beach News-Journal - 10/16/2012
Palm Beach State College University reclassified the university’s adjunct faculty to part-time status. “Four Public Colleges Will Cut Adjunct Faculty Hours To Avoid Providing Health Coverage Under Obamacare” - Think Progress - 01/14/2013
St. Petersburg College University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week   St. Pete College, HCC cut adjuncts' hours over health care - The Tampa Bay Tribune - 07/14/2013
Illinois    
College of DuPage University defined 1 credit hour as 1 hour of work, and limited adjunct faculty to instructing 27 hours a week “Bucking the Trend” - Inside Higher Ed - 03/09/2013
Joliet Junior College University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 6 credit hours per week  “Adjunct professors demand inclusion in health care reforms” - WBEZ91.5 - 03/11/2013
McHenry County College University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week  “MCC adjunct faculty worried about health care law changes” - Northwest Herald - 05/29/2013
Moraine Valley Community College University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week  Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Contingent Faculty: Moraine Valley Community College - 04/04/2013
Oakton Community College University has announced that part-time employees will be required to work less than 30 hours a week. “Adjunct professors demand inclusion in health care reforms” - WBEZ91.5 - 03/11/2013
Indiana    
Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Campus University defined 1 credit hour as 1 hour of work, and limited adjunct faculty to instructing 27 hours a week "Ivy Tech cuts adjunct teacher hours" - The Kokomo Tribune - 06/08/2013
Maryland    
Anne Arundel Community College Raised number of hours adjuncts allowed to work, realizing earlier limit was too low "Community colleges cut adjunct hours to avoid Obamacare"- Baltimore Sun 10/27/13
Community College of Baltimore County  Adjuncts limited to 9 credit hours per semester but will create 15 new full-time positions based on departmental needs "Community colleges cut adjunct hours to avoid Obamacare"- Baltimore Sun 10/27/13
Harford Community College Adjuncts limited to 9 credit hours per semester "Community colleges cut adjunct hours to avoid Obamacare"- Baltimore Sun 10/27/13
Howard Community College Adjuncts limited to 22 credit hours per year "Community colleges cut adjunct hours to avoid Obamacare"- Baltimore Sun 10/27/13
Michigan    
Kalamazoo Valley Community College University tried to limit adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week. The union filed a ULP. Part-time faculty are now allowed to teach up to 11 credit hours per semester, or 75% of the full-time faculty workload; max 29 hours per week 

--“KVCC part-time instructors union files unfair labor charge against the community college” - Michigan Live - 04/29/2013
--“KVCC part-time faculty union fends off potential job cuts, negotiates new maximum work load to comply with Affordable Care Act” – union press release 6/12/2013
--“KVCC part-time instructors' union to drop unfair labor practice charge against community college” – Michigan Live -6/12/2013

Missouri    
Moberly Area Community College University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week  “College cuts adjuncts' hours” - Columbia Tribune - 04/21/2013
New Hampshire    
Community College System of New Hampshire College limited adjunct faculty to 9 credit hours per semester  “Adjunct professors protest limit on work related to health care law” - The Concord Monitor - 04/25/2013
New Jersey    
Bergen Community College College will limit adjunct faculty to 9 credit hours per semester Union official 
Camden County College The college has announced cuts to part-time employee’s hours to prevent the requirement to provide health insurance to adjunct faculty, but no specific plans have yet been developed. Union official
Kean University University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 6 contact hours per week  “College rolls back faculty hours in response to Obamacare” -, MSNBC - 01/24/2013
New York    
Hudson Valley Community College The university has announced cuts to part-time employee’s hours to prevent the requirement to provide health insurance to adjunct faculty "HVCC cuts hours to dodge paying benefits" - Times Union - 03/25/2013
North Carolina    
Forsyth Technical Community College University limited adjunct faculty to 2 courses per semester "Some employers cutting hours for part-time workers to avoid new insurance mandate" - Courier Tribune 8/20/13
Ohio    
Cuyahoga Community College The university has announced cuts to part-time employee’s hours to prevent the requirement to provide health insurance to adjunct faculty “Colleges Are Slashing Adjuncts' Hours to Skirt New Rules on Health-Insurance Eligibility” - The Chronicle - 04/22/2013
Sinclair Community College The college will adjunct faculty to 11 credit hours in a semester, down from 14 "Sinclair will cut worker hours" - Dayton Daily news 5/15/13
Stark State College University has announced that part-time employees will be required to work less than 30 hours a week. “Colleges Are Slashing Adjuncts' Hours to Skirt New Rules on Health-Insurance Eligibility” - The Chronicle - 01/18/2013
Youngstown State University University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 24 hours of credit instruction for the fall, spring, and summer combined.   “Keeping Adjuncts From Benefits” - Inside Higher Ed - 11/29/2012
Pennsylvania    
Bucks County Community College University has announced that part-time employees will be required to work no more than 25 hours per week. Union official
Community College of Allegheny County University has announced that part-time employees will be required to work no more than 25 hours per week. “Community colleges cutting adjunct hours so they don't have to provide insurance under ACA” - Physicians for a National Health Program - 11/29/2013
Philadelphia University University will restrict adjunct faculty to working fewer than 30 hours per week, effective Jan. 1, 2015 "Adjunct faculty still waiting to hear their fate under Obamacare" - Huffington post - 8/813
Union County College University limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 9 credit hours per week   “Adjunct professors are collateral damage in affordable healthcare act” - The Westfield Leader - 04/14/2013
Rhode Island    
New England Institute of Technology Institution limited adjunct faculty’s hours to 12 credit hours per week Faculty whistleblower
South Carolina    
Spartanburg Community College Institution has announced that part-time employees will be required to work less than 30 hours a week. “Health care law causing SCC to re-examine adjunct faculty members” – GoUpstate - 04/18/2013
Virginia    
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College University has announced that part-time employees will be required to work less than 30 hours a week. “New ACA regs force some college adjunct pay cuts” - Washington Times - 04/24/2013
Wisconsin    
Carroll University Institution limiting adjuncts to 8 credits per semester Faculty whistleblower