Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts

By Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22, 2014

When community colleges fail to support the part-time faculty members who teach more than half of the classes offered at such institutions, they are fostering a culture that creates a barrier to student success, according to a new report.

Part-time faculty members, themselves marginalized on campuses, are more likely to teach struggling students, says the report, which was produced by the Center for Community College Student Engagement, at the University of Texas at Austin. And that dynamic is most pronounced in developmental (or remedial) courses, where more than three-quarters of faculty members are adjuncts.