The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) led by Richard Vedder PhD continues its examination of key organizational issues in higher education. The chart below clearly illustrates the rise in part-time and adjunct Instructors in the U.S. context. Click the image to visit the CCAP site.
“As is well-known, colleges and universities have come to increasingly rely upon part-time faculty for instructional tasks, a shift that is illustrated by the following chart. In 1970, roughly 1 in 5 of all instructional faculty were part-time; by 2009, almost 1 in 2 faculty were part-time. About half of the proportional growth in part-time instructional faculty occurred during the 1970s. From 1977 to 1991, though, the share of part-time instructional faculty grew only slightly, before growing substantially over the last two decades.”