In a country where equal pay for equal work has become a bedrock value, we should cringe at the two-tier compensation structure at our educational institutions. While adjuncts perform the same work as full-timers, they receive a fraction of the pay. When adjuncts get sick, they often can't afford a doctor. They have no offices, and they commonly commute to several different campuses to patch together a meager living. Though many teach college courses as a side job, a huge percentage rely on adjunct-teaching for their living.