Oct. 16, 2006

Adjuncts and Graduation Rates

If community colleges want to see more students graduate or finish programs,
what should institutions do? Add new testing or assessment programs? 

There may be a simple answer. A national analysis of graduation and program
completion rates at community colleges has found that institutions with
higher percentages of full-time faculty members have higher completion
rates. The study was conducted by Dan Jacoby, the Harry Bridges Professor of
Labor Studies at the University of Washington, whose paper on the research
is forthcoming in the Journal of Higher Education.

The actual numbers vary by type of institution. But using regression
analyses, Jacoby documented the relationship between full-time faculty and
completion rates at community colleges with a variety of academic missions
and student demographics.



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