The problem with this article is that the main source is the writer herself.
You put forth a piece that is astonishingly without context and do a great disservice to all parties by printing something based on a few conversations in the hallway, a misunderstanding of adjunct work, and perhaps a press release.
Over reliance on adjuncts is a national epidemic, not a Cornish phenomenon. Unless you are a tenured Yale professor, you've probably heard of it, yet here you absurdly rely on your own brief experience as an adjunct for information.
Cornish has the same endowment problem as every other independent art school in the country. Lack of endowment forces tuitions high, eliminates most aid, makes it hard to attract students and keep standards high at the same time. Ditto faculty.
How does a school build a healthy endowment? The first thing an institution has to do is become established in 1845 or be within walking distance of the Walton family in Arkansas.
That Cornish remains an independent degree granting institution at all is a large accomplishment. Many small art schools have been bought up by for-profit corporations because they could not survive the tension between delivering quality, attracting good students and paying the bills. These schools are now reduced to exploiting the GI bill and student loan program to churn out techno-design degrees that have long ago given up the pretense of offering "art".
Perhaps, as a journalist, you might read about who else is still afloat? How are they doing it? Check out the website for the art school association at http://www.aicad.org/about/?
It lists Tyler School of Art but we know they have become part of the state system and the Boston Museum School became a part of Tufts in 1945.
Did you talk to anyone outside the Cornish community for perspective? It doesn't appear that you did, because you evidently do not see how silly it is to cite a a few isolated grumpy faculty and students as some kind of "outing" of perceived incompetence by the art department.
If there are a few people in the art department who are not working in media that light up and spin around after 25 underpaid years in the saddle, I cannot believe that they deserve to be publicly savaged by these histrionics.
The Cornish administration can thin out what they perceive to be "dead wood" the usual way–with retirement buyouts–without your help. If you, as a journalist, want to mix in, you oowe it to us all to do your homework.