Ashford University's Story
The challenge at Ashford University is not unique to their institution: how do colleges and universities support a large, growing body of online faculty in a meaningful way that is simultaneously effective and efficient? Intensifying this issue are the associated practical factors:
- A high ratio of faculty members to support specialists (which, in some cases, may be more than one hundred faculty members per support staffer)
- Reliance on a contingent faculty population that may or may not teach on a continuous schedule
- Emphasis on faculty support to increase instructional quality rather than reliance on summative evaluation to penalize ...