Teachers College, Columbia University

Is College STEM Education in Crisis? Diversified Instructor Profiles and Student Academic Outcomes

Date and Time: April 13, 2018 2:15–3:45 PM
Location: New York, NY
Venue: New York Marriott Marquis | Fifth Floor, Westside Ballroom Salon 2

Decades of research has been devoted to examining teacher quality in mathematics and science at the K-12 level, while discussions about the same issue at the postsecondary level are much more limited. Is teacher quality indeed not a problem in college?

Prompted by the steady increase in non-tenure-track faculty in higher education, this presentation examined how initial exposure to a field with different types of instructors influences follow-on performance in a large state public college system. The authors discussed results indicating that temporary adjuncts have significant negative impacts on subsequent course enrollment and performance compared with either long-term non-tenure faculty or tenure-track faculty across a variety of fields. Such negative impacts are particularly large in STEM-related fields at four-year colleges.

Participants

Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center