ERIC Number: ED339403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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A Comparison of Full-Time to Part-Time Faculty and Full-Time to Part-Time Science Faculty in Terms of Student Success at Pima Community College.
Iadevaia, David G.
Following an accreditation site visit which determined that the part-time faculty at Pima Community College (PCC) accounted for 80% of the total faculty on a headcount basis, a study was conducted comparing the characteristics of full- and part-time faculty, and, in particular of full- and part-time science faculty. In addition, student grades were examined to determine whether being taught by a full- or part-time faculty member affected student success. Faculty information was collected by the PCC administration via surveys distributed to 1,500 part-time faculty, and to all full-time department chairpersons, while student data were collected from PCC's student information files for the previous 5 years. Major findings included the following: (1) no national standards were discovered for determining an ideal ratio between full- and part-time faculty, and all accreditation agencies, in one form or another, were found to address part-time faculty ratios as an individual institution's concern; (2) a chi square analysis revealed no differences in student success rates for full- and part-time faculty in general, or for science faculty in particular; (3) while significant differences in success rates seemed to be related to student gender, when course completion rates for a random sample of students were examined no significant gender differences were found; and (4) the dominant faculty profile at PCC was a white male, 44 years of age, with a master's degree and 5 years of teaching experience. Appendixes include related memorandums, data summaries, and the survey form. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Employment Level, Full Time Faculty, Literature Reviews, Part Time Faculty, Science Instruction, Sex, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Employment, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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