Friday, March 13, 2015

Keeping Adjuncts Engaged Is Key to Helping Community-College Students Stay on Track

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 13th, 2015

Professional development is more important than ever for adjunct professors at community colleges, according to speakers here at the annual meeting of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Part-time instructors teach more than half of all classes and students at community colleges but often feel only a flimsy connection to their institutions, where they’re often hired at the last minute and offered little or no job security beyond that semester.
At the same time, they are increasingly in the front lines as the colleges struggle to meet mandates to improve completion rates, overhaul remediation, and teach growing numbers of at-risk students. Many adjuncts have far less experience than their full-time colleagues, yet they are teaching some of the most challenging students, including many who are the first in their families to pursue a higher education

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