New Initiative Puts Adjunct Faculty at the Center of Ensuring Student Success

Achieving the Dream (ATD) today announced an initiative to engage adjunct faculty in colleges’ student success agendas through the development or strengthening of college policies and practices that build leadership opportunities for adjunct faculty, improve professional development activities and engage all faculty in student-focused reform efforts.

With funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, the initiative, known as Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement, will support six ATD colleges in deepening the relationship between the colleges and their adjunct faculties to facilitate instructional reform and make faculties’ skills and experiences fully available to students.

The initiative also recognizes that adjunct faculty with close connections to their colleges can be more valuable to their students if they have access to information about college programs and resources, data on student performance and progress, and the informal knowledge developed by full-time faculty. Over time, the colleges may build capacity to include adjunct faculty in college governance structures and college-wide student success agendas.

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