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ERIC Number: EJ811653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0633
Closing the Gate: Part-Time Faculty Instruction in Gatekeeper Courses and First-Year Persistence
Eagan, M. Kevin; Jaeger, Audrey J.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n115 p39-53 Fall 2008
Research on student retention has given limited attention to the role that introductory, or gatekeeper, courses play in students' decisions to remain enrolled at an institution. Gatekeeper courses refer to classes with high enrollment that generally represent the introductory courses required for matriculation into a major field of study (Tobias, 1992). In this chapter, the authors describe the employment of part-time faculty in four-year higher education institutions, as well as highlight research on the importance of key gatekeeper courses. Informed by Bean's model (1990) of student attrition, which posits that students leave higher education institutions because of a sense of dissatisfaction with their environment, the authors' analyses examine how the type of faculty instruction students receive in gatekeeper courses in their first year of college influences their decision to reenroll for the fall of their second year. The authors draw data from four cohorts of students at four public universities within a state system of higher education. The chapter concludes with implications for administrators and policymakers, as well as directions for future research, in regard to the employment of part-time faculty instructors in gatekeeper courses. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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