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The Carson - Newman University Student to Faculty Ratio & Faculty Composition

Does Carson - Newman University 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 Carson - Newman University .

Above Average Student to Faculty Ratio

Carson - Newman University , with 13 students for every instructional faculty member, has more professors per student than the national average, which is 15 students for every one instructor. This student to faculty ratio is one of the standard metrics used to gauge the number of teaching resources a school provides for its students, and therefore, the individualized attention or quality of instruction the student might receive.

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 Carson - Newman University as primarily performing research or public service.

TotalFull TimePart TimePercent Full Time
Total of Instructional Employees23211511749.6%
Total of Those With Faculty Status23211511749.6%
Tenured Faculty63511281.0%
On Tenure Track4646-100.0%
Not on Tenure Track1231810514.6%
Without Faculty Status----
Graduate Assistants5-5-

Number of Full-Time Teachers is Average

At Carson - Newman University ,50.0% 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 Carson - Newman University , 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 Carson - Newman University'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

Carson - Newman University has 5 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 31 non-instructional graduate assistants.

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