Part-time faculty may be linked to retention issues

March 27, 2008

New research suggests that first-year students are more likely to drop out of university if "gatekeeper courses" are taught by part-time faculty.  (Gatekeeper courses are defined as any large introductory class that is required to move forward in a program.)  A study across four universities found that students taught by part-time faculty in these types of classes were significantly less likely to continue their education beyond first year.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)