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Table 1: Definitions and Requirements for Public Identification of “Part-Time Faculty”

Accreditor Definitions and Requirements
Middle States commission
  • No definition or requirement for public identification;stipulates that “whenever used in these standards, the term ’faculty’ shall be broadly construed to encompass qualified professionals such as third parties contracted by the institution, part-time or adjunct faculty, and those assigned responsibilities in academic development and delivery.”
New England commission
  • No definition. 
  • “The institution publishes a list of its current faculty . . . distinguishing between those who have full- and part-time status.”
North Central commission
  • No definition or requirement for public identification.
Northwest commission
  • Part-time faculty are those “whose major responsibility is not related to the institution in question; [they are] customarily assigned one or two classes with class-related responsibilities only.” 
  •  “Catalogs and other official publications should be readily available and accurately depict . . . faculty (full-time and part-time listed separately).”
Southern commission
  • No definition.
Western junior commission
  • No definition.
  • Catalogs and other official publications should “accurately depict,” among other things, “faculty (full- and part-time listed separately).”
Western senior commission
  • “Part-time or adjunct faculty [are those] whose major responsibility is not related to the institution in question. These faculty are customarily assigned one or two classes with class-related responsibilities only.” • The institution should have “publications that make clear the status (e.g., full-time,part-time, adjunct) of each faculty member.”