ERIC Number: EJ1055377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Part-Time Faculty and Community College Student Success
Rogers, Gregory S.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n7 p673-684 2015
With the Completion Agenda taking such political prominence, community colleges are experiencing even more pressure to find ways to promote and improve student success. One way that has been suggested is to limit the reliance on part-time faculty under the premise that the employment status of faculty has a direct influence on student success. The tacit assumption is that full-time faculty are more engaged with their home institution, and this engagement translates into the engagement of the students taught. The present study examined employment status of faculty on the success of students enrolled in four, two-course sequences. Using Pearson chi-square and binary logistic regression analyses, it was concluded that employment status of the faculty has no statistical influence on student success as has been previously claimed. These results suggest that community colleges should not assume that hiring more full-time faculty will improve student success and, instead, should possibly consider utilizing funds otherwise allocated to hiring new full-time faculty on the development and compensation of part-time faculty.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Employment Level, Academic Achievement, Statistical Significance, English Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Accounting, Biology, Science Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Regression (Statistics), Cohort Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona