A study by the Center for Community College Student Engagement, part of The University of Texas at Austin, found that adjunct professors teach 58 percent of community college classes, yet adjuncts have less opportunity to engage with the campus than their full-time colleagues. The Chronicle of Higher Education explores examples of institutions that are promoting adjunct engagement through mentorships and other initiatives: acenet.edu/engagement.
A Matter of Confidence
According to Inside Higher Ed’s 2015 Survey of College and University Presidents, conducted in conjunction with Gallup, 56 percent of college and university presidents agree or strongly agree that they are confident in the sustainability of their institutions’ financial model over the next five years. While still constituting a majority, that proportion is down markedly from last year’s survey, in which 62 percent of presidents surveyed had the same level of confidence in their institutions’ sustainability over five years. Only 39 percent of this year’s responding presidents agreed or strongly agreed that they were confident in the sustainability of their institutions’ financial model over the next 10 years—a proportion that is also down from last year: acenet.edu/confidence.
Preventing Sexual Assault
The high-profile issue of sexual assault has colleges and universities seeking ways to better handle and prevent incidents. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies: Academic Program Year 2013–2014 shows a decline in unwanted sexual contact at the nation’s military service academies. According to anonymous surveys, an estimated 8 percent of female students and 1 percent of male students at the academies experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2013–14. That’s a drop from respective rates of 12 percent and 2 percent two years earlier. These outcomes suggest that the four years of sexual assault prevention training required by service academies is having a positive impact, and the potential for replicating that success elsewhere has other colleges and universities interested. “The smart schools will respond,” said Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations for the American Association of University Women, in The Washington Post: acenet.edu/preventing.