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The California State University - San Bernardino Student to Faculty Ratio & Faculty Composition

Does California State University - San Bernardino have a good student to faculty ratio?

Check out the information on class structures and faculty to get a feel for the academic life at California State University - San Bernardino .

Student to Faculty Ratio is Well Below Average

California State University - San Bernardino , with 29 students for every instructional faculty member, ranks among the lowest in comparison to the national average of 15 :1. This ratio indicates that the number of students split between the same faculty is much higher than normal, and could mean students will experience larger class sizes and fewer opportunities to connect with professors, especially in introductory courses.

Breakdown of Instructional Staff

The following table shows all the employees the school considers instructional, and therefore, part of the above student-to-faculty ratio. These include both those employees designated as either "primarily instructional" or as "instructional combined with research/public service". It does not include employees that have been identified by California State University - San Bernardino as primarily performing research or public service.

TotalFull TimePart TimePercent Full Time
Total of Instructional Employees98349848550.7%
Total of Those With Faculty Status98349848550.7%
Tenured Faculty3112674485.9%
On Tenure Track140140-100.0%
Not on Tenure Track5329144117.1%
Without Faculty Status----
Graduate Assistants90-90-

Number of Full-Time Teachers is Average

At California State University - San Bernardino ,51.0% of the teaching staff are full time, which is on average when compared nationally.

Lower Than Average Use of Adjuncts or Part-Time Teachers

At California State University - San Bernardino , only 45.0% of the teaching staff are part-time non-faculty or non-tenure track faculty. This use of adjuncts is low, below the national average of 51.4%, which could be indicative of California State University - San Bernardino's commitment to building a strong, long-term instructional team.

Colleges often use part-time professors and adjuncts to teach courses, rather than full-time faculty. This hiring practice is primarily a way to save money amid increasingly tight budgets. However, it is a controversial practice with strong views on either side. We encourage you to understand this topic more deeply, and how the colleges you are interested in approach faculty hiring. It's your education and your money on the line. Make sure you know what you are getting for it.

Additional Information

Keep an Eye Out for Grad Assistants Teaching Classes

California State University - San Bernardino has 90 instructional graduate assistants that teach or provide teaching-related duties. These responsibilities could range from entirely teaching lower-level courses themselves, to assisting professors by developing teaching materials, preparing or giving exams and grading student work. We suggest you ask the college to what extent graduate assistants are relied on for instruction, so you know what you are paying for.

Additionally, the school has 68 non-instructional graduate assistants.

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