Masters Thesis

A Lean improvement model for community college adjunct faculty professional development to improve student success

Budget strapped community colleges employ a high percentage of adjunct faculty to help them control costs. Unfortunately, high exposure to community college adjunct faculty has been linked to reduced student success rates. This creates a dilemma for community colleges. Studies have shown that adjunct faculty members have lower performance levels than full-time faculty in key areas that promote student success. Professional development training for adjunct faculty has been presented as a logical way to close this performance gap and improve student outcomes. However, the structure of traditional professional development creates some obstacles to its use for this purpose. This thesis presents a Lean improvement model for use in the creation and delivery of community college adjunct faculty professional development programs. Use of the model is expected to help community colleges overcome the challenges of using professional development as a vehicle to improve adjunct faculty instructional practices and increase student success