ERIC Number: EJ825258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Effects of Exposure to Part-Time Faculty on Community College Transfer
Eagan, M. Kevin, Jr.; Jaeger, Audrey J.
Research in Higher Education, v50 n2 p168-188 Mar 2009
Over the past several decades, one of the most significant changes in the delivery of postsecondary education involves the dramatic increase in the use of contingent or part-time faculty. Although the increased use of part-time faculty within higher education makes sense from an administrative point of view, its use does not come without criticism. With community colleges representing a more convenient, affordable, and flexible educational option for a number of students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, examining how exposure to part-time faculty relates to students' academic goals represents an important area of inquiry. This study draws from social and human capital frameworks and uses hierarchical generalized linear modeling (HGLM) to examine how exposure to part-time faculty relates to community college students' likelihood of transferring to a four-year college or university. Findings suggest that students tend to be significantly less likely to transfer as their exposure to part-time faculty increases.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Disadvantaged, College Faculty, Part Time Faculty, College Transfer Students, Transfer Rates (College), Correlation, College Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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