Community College Faculty
In only a generation community colleges grew from a few institutions to a major sector of postsecondary education by providing nearly universal access. Currently 1,024 community colleges hire over a quarter million faculty members to provide education to 5.4 million students each year. Low cost compared to other colleges and universities is one major reason community colleges succeed in attracting students. This low cost comes at some expense to faculty members. They receive lower salaries and teach more course sections than faculty members at other types of postsecondary institutions. Community colleges also hire more part-time faculty members than any other sector in higher education. This report describes some features and challenges that faculty members face in community colleges. All the information is from the 1993 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U. S. Department of Education.