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ERIC Number: EJ922203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Examining Retention and Contingent Faculty Use in a State System of Public Higher Education
Jaeger, Audrey J.; Eagan, M. Kevin
Educational Policy, v25 n3 p507-537 May 2011
In many cases, state systems of higher education are not only challenged to address decreasing state budgets but are also asked to increase student retention and other measures of student success. The increased use of contingent faculty may help economically, but this trend may have unintended consequences. This research used logistic regression methods to examine six institutions within a public higher education system for the effects of contingent faculty use on first-year student retention. A thorough examination of other traditional variables used in retention studies is also provided. Results are reported by institutional type via Carnegie classification. Most notably, high levels of exposure to part-time faculty in the first year of college are consistently found to negatively affect student retention to the second year. These findings have implications for both policy and practice in the use of contingent faculty across institutional types. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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