A new says part-time teachers at local community colleges are not getting enough institutional support to be effective. And since so many of these schools use adjunct over full time professors, this may be downgrading the quality of education for the millions who attend community colleges.
Public support for higher education has dwindled since the recession, so how can cash-strapped community colleges nurture and sustain high-performing faculty and prepare them to assist more low-income students?
In trying to answer that persistent question, a new from the Center for Community College Engagement finds part-time adjunct professors aren't getting the support they need. The report presents a grim outlook: while community colleges rely increasingly on part-time faculty they are failing to invite them into their institutions as full-time partners.