ERIC Number: ED213349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
The Growth of Part-Time Faculty: Economic and Quality Considerations.
Overall, J. U.; Cooper, Terri L.
The question of whether students perceive full-time faculty as more effective than part-time faculty was studied near the end of each term during academic year 1979-80. Graduate business administration students at a comprehensive state university and a private research university evaluated the effectiveness of their courses and instructors. Average ratings on each item were calculated by class, and means of the combined rating averages by item by instructor type (full- or part-time) were calculated. Course and instructor ratings were further divided by subject field as either quantitative (accounting, economics, finance, and operations research) and nonquantitative (management theory, organizational theory, and social/legal aspects). At the comprehensive state university, no statistically significant differences between full-time and part-time faculty were found for any of the items in quantitative classes. In the nonquantitative courses, there were significant differences on items representing the rating dimension of "enthusiasm,""interaction," and "rapport." At the private research university, full-time faculty teaching quantitative classes were rated significantly higher than part-time faculty on items representing "enthusiasm,""learning," and "rapport." Full-time faculty teaching nonquantitative classes were rated significantly higher on all items but one. The results suggest that both groups tend to receive above average evaluations from their students, at least at the two institutions and subject areas involved. Implications for decision-making regarding the number of part-timers in a department are briefly considered. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Comparative Analysis, Economic Factors, Educational Quality, Full Time Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Part Time Faculty, Private Colleges, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (Minneapolis, MN, May 1981).