Public Agenda

Cutting Edge Series No 1

Engaging Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty in Student Success Innovation


Colleges can reap major benefits from meaningful engagement with faculty – both full-time and adjunct -- yet many institutions find it difficult to do. This report lays out core principles and promising practices for engaging faculty in changing institutions and closing student achievement gaps. This new Cutting Edge Series paper, “Engaging Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty in Student Success Innovation,” builds on our existing work in faculty engagement and is based on fresh research with higher education experts and community college faculty.

Public Agenda’s Cutting Edge papers, produced in partnership with Achieving the Dream, are designed to provide specific challenges and give practical solutions to community colleges as they work to “move the needle” on student success and completion. That includes addressing some of the challenges that have already been identified in Achieving the Dream’s work, such as engaging faculty, taking initiatives to scale, and making the most of research and information technology.

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