Research in Higher Education

, 50:168

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Effects of Exposure to Part-time Faculty on Community College Transfer

  • M. Kevin EaganJr.Affiliated withGraduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles Email author 
  • , Audrey J. JaegerAffiliated withDepartment of Adult and Higher Education, North Carolina State University

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Over the past several decades, one of the most significant changes in the delivery of postsecondary education involves the dramatic increase in the use of contingent or part-time faculty. Although the increased use of part-time faculty within higher education makes sense from an administrative point of view, its use does not come without criticism. With community colleges representing a more convenient, affordable, and flexible educational option for a number of students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, examining how exposure to part-time faculty relates to students’ academic goals represents an important area of inquiry. This study draws from social and human capital frameworks and uses hierarchical generalized linear modeling (HGLM) to examine how exposure to part-time faculty relates to community college students’ likelihood of transferring to a four-year college or university. Findings suggest that students tend to be significantly less likely to transfer as their exposure to part-time faculty increases.


Part-time faculty Community colleges Transfer Hierarchical generalized linear modeling Social capital Human capital