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ERIC Number: ED512352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Caveat Emptor: Is There a Relationship between Part-Time Faculty Utilization and Student Learning Outcomes and Retention? Professional File. Number 91, Spring 2004
Schibik, Timothy; Harrington, Charles
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
One important factor neglected in the literature involves an investigation into whether the increased utilization of part-time faculty impacts student retention. Are part-time faculty, who are employed primarily to teach introductory courses, having an adverse affect on student retention? Are universities recognizing and studying the potential issues that might arise when a substantial portion of incoming freshmen receive the majority of their instruction from part-time faculty? This paper presents the results of an ongoing study of the relationship between faculty status and student retention at a comprehensive Midwestern university. Of particular interest is the degree to which first-time full-time freshmen are exposed to part-time faculty and whether there are ways to determine if faculty status, defined here as part-time versus full-time, has a discernable and direct impact on student retention. (Contains 1 figure and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research