There is a new article out on how adjuncts aren’t really bad for student learning. At The Chronicle What Adjunct Impact? talks about a new study on adjuncts.
For their study, Bolt and Charlier looked at students who were considered to have “high exposure” to adjuncts (at least 75 percent of first semester courses taught by adjuncts) and “low exposure” (up to 25 percent of courses). About 30 percent of the students were in the low exposure group and about 41 percent were in the high exposure group.
Then Bolt and Charlier tracked student success over three years, looking at two measures of success: fall to fall retention, and program completion (either a degree or a certificate, depending on the student’s program). They found absolutely no correlation between adjunct exposure and either of those measures. But they also analyzed other factors, and they found a negative correlation on both measures of success with a student starting in remedial courses.
I’ve talked about this sort of issue elsewhere.
Adjuncts decrease later donations. If your favorite teacher isn’t there, you’re not going to give in his name.
Clearly, I am an adjunct and I do not think that adjuncts are bad for student learning, though they can be. (For example, An Example of a Bad Adjunct.)
Most of the time, if adjuncts are bad, it is because they are on Adjunct Overload.
I do think that adjuncts may be more stressed, because of an extreme teaching load.
The study sounds like a reasonable one.