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New Study Concludes Undergrads Learn Better When Taught By Non-Tenured Faculty

by Celia Baker

Over the past decade, higher education unions have funded studies that have, without exception, concluded that non-tenured faculty adversely impact student learning. In 2008, InsiderHigherEd.com posted a piece about these studies that reported: “A series of studies being released this week suggest that the current model for using adjuncts — with relatively low pay, little if any job security, and minimal financial or other support for time on campus or professional development — also has a significant impact on students. Using large samples of community colleges, studies find that as colleges use more part timers, their students are less likely to graduate or transfer to four-year institutions. And another study finds that as part-time use goes up, institutional averages in class participation (for all faculty members) go down.”

Then, in 2010, InsiderHigherEd.com posted another piece on the topic, “What Adjunct Impact?” Writer Scott Jaschik reported, “research presented here at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association challenged those findings, and found no impact at all on student outcomes of having adjunct instructors.”

It’s 2013, and a new study has concluded that undergraduate students actually learn more effectively when taught by non-tenured faculty.

Rebecca Bauman

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