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Adjunct Faculty Can Increase Student Success

Create Opportunities for Them to Lift Graduation and Retention Rates
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From Volume 48 Number 1 | October–December 2019
By Ruth Guthrie, Cheryl Wyrick, Carlos J. Navarrete
Planning Types: Academic Planning

As universities become more proactive in ensuring student success, the role of faculty is no longer primarily delivering the content of their discipline. It also includes reducing failure rates, creating a sense of student belonging, and engaging in high-impact practices. That work is perceived to be chiefly the responsibility of tenured faculty—and the effect of adjunct faculty is sometimes overlooked. This article argues for increased inclusion of adjunct faculty when planning for programs and policies that improve student success, retention, and graduation rates. Initiatives that worked for a public university are shared.

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