According to the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, roughly half of all instructors in higher education in 2013 were adjuncts or part-time faculty members. As this number continues to grow, how will it impact online education? What effect does the use of online adjunct faculty have on the quality and number of programs offered online?
Now, answers are available in a new report from The Learning House, Inc., and WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). In “Recruiting, Orienting, & Supporting Online Adjunct Faculty: A Survey of Practices,” more than 200 deans, directors and provosts at two- and four-year higher education institutions were surveyed about the hiring, expectations, policies and support of adjunct and part-time faculty members for online courses.