Adjunct Faculty and Retention Problems

October 17, 2006

A US study of graduation and completion rates at community colleges found that institutions with higher percentages of full-time faculty members have higher completion rates for their students. The study, by a uWashington professor of labour studies, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Higher Education. The use of adjunct professors is growing at two-year institutions, and while they are no less intelligent or effective in the classroom, they are less accessible outside lecture hours. "There is a fiction that you can cut costs with lots of adjuncts," but "low program completion rates are expensive." Inside Higher Ed