Over the past 5 years, I have earned a graduate degree from an online program and teach undergraduate classes for two others. As an alumni of Capella, I knew they had "core faculty" which I presumed to be the online equivalent of tenured professors. But I have found precious few other programs which operate under a similar model. The industry wide trend in conventional programs toward using more adjuncts is well established. Has the online learning industry simply chosen to ignore the idea of having a full-time tenured professoriate? I thought it was required for accreditation to have a certain percentage of full-time faculty. I'm sure the online divisions of conventional universities maintain accreditation by claiming their campus-based full-timers. Still, for some of the smaller colleges, their online programs seem to be growing exponentially while their on-campus growth is stagnant leaving many times more online adjuncts than campus based full-timers (e.g. Southern New Hampshire University, Ashford University). A couple of months ago, I applied for a core faculty position with NYIT/Ellis College. After hearing nothing at all in the interim, I received a letter yesterday with the usual "While we were impressed with your credentials, we have decided to pursue further conversation with other candidates whose experience and credentials appear to most closely match our current needs." [Of course, being told you do not "match current needs" for a psychology position when you hold a PhD in the discipline and have several years teaching experience -- including online -- is rather perplexing, not to mention demoralizing.] But what caught my eye was the invitation at the bottom of the letter to reapply for a "part-time core faculty" or adjunct position. It leaves me wondering if I really was passed over for a full-time tenure track position or if this signals a conscious decision by the university to forego full-timers and focus on part-time/adjuncts?