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Do adjunct instructors affect student success?

A study shows that students taught by adjunct professors at community colleges may do well in initial courses, but enrollment and success rates decline for subsequent classes taught by part-time faculty, compared with full-time instructors, especially in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math. Researcher Di Xu at the University of California at Irvine, says adjuncts may not be able to inspire students to stay in a field of study.

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